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Swelling Teesta inundates houses

  • Published at 08:44 pm September 12th, 2018
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The river is a free domain, it is bound to erode some areas, and in the process of eroding, the materials it gathers has to be deposited somewhere Mehedi Hasan

The Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) control room said Teesta water was flowing 15cm above the danger level on Monday

Hundreds of houses on the river islands in Rangpurs Gangachara upazila have been inundated as water level rose in the Teesta River after heavy rainfall in the upstream area.

Erosion of the river also destroyed at least 20 houses and pieces of croplands in the last 24 hours in the district. 

The Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) control room said Teesta water was flowing 15cm above the danger level on Monday.

But the water level started to come down since Tuesday night and the river was flowing 12cm below the danger level at Gangachara point on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, flooding forced many families to leave their houses and take shelter elsewhere, said Lakkhitari Union Parishad Chairman Abdullah Al Hadi.  

More people left their houses in panic, he said, adding that the BWDB has not taken any steps to prevent the river erosion. 

Gangachara Upazila Nirbahi Officer Enamul Kabir said the situation has returned to normalcy as the water level in the Teesta River came down. 

BWDB Engineer Saheb Ali said the Teesta River was now flowing below the danger level. We are taking measures to prevent river erosion in Shankardah area.