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Dharla, Dudhkumar water levels on the rise

  • Published at 02:24 pm September 11th, 2018
A Google map screenshot of Kurigram
A Google map screenshot of Kurigram

Officials say the water level is still below the danger level

The Dharla and Dudhkumar rivers have been experiencing a surge in water levels because of an onrush of water from hilly areas upstream and of a slight downpour in Kurigram.

The water level had been fluctuating for the last few days. However, the Dharla and Dudhkumar rivers' water levels rose dangerously on Monday afternoon.

Due to the sudden overflow of water, locals are worried that the banks of both these rivers will flood if the situation persists. 

According to Bangladesh Water Development Board's (BWDB) control room, the water level of the Dharla river increased by 97cm from the Dharla bridge point (ferry dock) flowing 28cm below the danger level in the last 12 hours— up until 6am on Tuesday.

BWDB Executive Engineer Md Shafiqul Islam said the water level of Dharla and Dudhkumar rivers are rising because of heavy rainfall in India's West Bengal.

He also said Dharla's water level has been rising abnormally since Monday afternoon.

"We are still observing the situation. The water level is still below the danger level," Shariful said. 

According to BWDB control room, the water level of Brahmaputra River increased by 20cm at Nunkhawa point, and by 15cm at Chilmari point, in the last 12 hours—up until 6am on Tuesday. The Teesta River is flowing below the danger level increasing by 45cm in Kaunia point.

Kurigram sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Amin Al Parvez said: "We are monitoring the situation. We would evacuate the locals of the river bank to a safer place if necessary."

On whether the area could be flooded, BWDB Executive Engineer Shafiqul said: "If the heavy downpour and onrush of water from upstream of hilly areas persists, the district might face flooding."