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Flood situation worsens across the country

  • Published at 12:47 am August 13th, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:59 am August 13th, 2017
Flood situation worsens across the country
The flood situation in the eastern, southern and northern regions of the country worsened on Saturday as major rivers there were flowing above the danger-line. The Teesta River was flowing 27cm above the danger level at Dalia point in Nilphamari district around 9am on Saturday, flooding the char and low-lying areas under Dimla and Jaldhaka upazilas. Meanwhile, 15 unions under Nilphamari Sadar upazila have become waterlogged as an effect of the non-stop downpour. Bangladesh Water Development Board’s (BWDB) Dimla Division Executive Engineer Mostafizur Rahman said they had already asked residents of the at risk areas to move to safer areas. Nilphamari Deputy Commissioner Khaled Rahim said the flood situation had worsened around the Teesta’s downstream areas after the sluice gates of the Gajoldoba Barrage in India were opened to counterbalance the rise in the river’s water level. The BWDB officials have also opened all the 44 sluice gates of the Dalia Barrage in Bangladesh to control the water flow in the river. The swelling of the Teesta has also led to the inundation of its left bank areas in Lalmonirhat district. The Dharla River was also flowing 32cm above the danger line in Lalmonirhat in the morning on Saturday. About 150,000 people have reportedly been marooned by the flood in all the five upazilas of the district. Burimari land port C&F Agent (clearing and forwarding agent) Abu Sayeed said the port area had gone under knee-deep water. In Kurigram, the Dharla was flowing 22cm above the danger line. The water level of other rivers, including the Brahmaputra and Dudhkumar, continued to rise amid heavy rainfall. Rajarhat Agrometeorological Observatory recorded 76mm rainfall over the last 24 hours until 6am on Saturday. Sudden increase in the water level of the Karotoa, Mahananda, Dahuk and Bhersa rivers on Friday night prompted hundreds of people in Sadar, Tentulia and Boda upazilas of Panchagarh district to move to the shelter centres. Panchagarh BWDB Executive Engineer Md Mizanur Rahman said the Karotoa was flowing very close to the danger level around 8am on Saturday following 290mm rainfall over the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, flash flood has again hit the northeastern Sunamganj district. The Surma river was flowing 73cm above the danger line on Saturday. Its spillover has already rendered about 100,000 people in the riverbank areas waterlogged. Life has almost come to a standstill as several areas of Bhola including major parts of its town inundated due to fresh flood caused by heavy rain. Some 61mm of rain was recorded in the evening and the Meghna, Tetulia and Ilish rivers were flowing above the danger line on Saturday. The shuttle rail communication on Thakurgaon and Pachaghar route was suspended as flood waters were flowing over the rail tracks in different places due to heavy rain. At least 500 families in Dighinala upazila of Khagrachhari have been marooned as the Maine River started rising from Friday due to torrential rain upstream.