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Teesta near dangerous levels in Lalmonirhat

  • Published at 11:23 pm June 18th, 2019
File photo of Teesta river Dhaka Tribune

The river is currently posing a great threat for the neighbouring areas

After a massive cloudburst flooded the upper reaches of Teesta River in Sikkim and India, the water level of Teesta River in northern Bangladesh is flowing just below the danger mark. 

The river has five dams, and the cloudburst is likely to have a cascading effect on other dams too. Teesta III has so far released 600 Cumecs (cubic feet per second) of water from its Chungathang dam in Sikkim. 

As a result the river is currently posing as a great threat of flooding for the neighbouring areas in Lalmonirhat.

At Hatibandha Teesta Barrage on Tuesday afternoon, the Water Development Board (WDB) measured the water levels, and found it to be flowing just 20cm below the danger level.

The WDB saw the water level of the Teesta River, flowing from the upstream, to be at 52.40cm, whereas the danger level is marked at 52.60cm, said WDB sources. 

People living near the river banks said that some of their houses were already flooded. They were just hoping for a little relief from the scorching heat of summer, but all on a sudden the usually low flowing river was flooded by water from upstream.

Dahagram union former chairman Habibur Rahman said: “The sudden water rise has flooded nearby areas, which has affected 150-200 families.”

Several unions under Hatibandha and Kaliganj upazila, being low lying areas were flooded. However, no casualties or damages were reported yet, he added.

WDB Deputy Assistant Engineer Aminur Rashid said: “After the heavy rainfall in Sikkim on Monday, India had released some water from one of their dams .

“The water level is currently at 52.40cm, which is 20cm under the danger level.” 

The water level may rise even more soon, so gates at the Teesta Barrage are being opened to control the water, he added.