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Brahmaputra, Ghagot rivers once again on the rise

  • Published at 11:31 pm July 25th, 2019
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File photo: Many villages in Kurigram inundated again as the water of major rivers continue to rise Dhaka Tribune

According to the Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB), the Brahmaputra River rose by 10cm in 24 hours and was flowing 47cm above its danger mark on Thursday morning

Due to persistent rainfall for the past three days, the Brahmaputra and the Ghagot Rivers started rising again in Gaibandha, worsening the situation of those who were already affected.

According to the Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB), the Brahmaputra River rose by 10cm in 24 hours and was flowing 47cm above its danger mark on Thursday morning. The Ghagot River also rose by 6cm and was flowing 25cm above its danger level.

The city embankment of the Ghagot River had collapsed and flooded areas of the Kholahati union for the second time.

Rail communication on the Shantahar-Lalmonirhat rail route remained suspended for the ninth day.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Alamgir Kabir Saikat said around 5,95,000 people of Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari and Shaghata upazilas of the district have been marooned.

The incessant rainfall has increased the sufferings and sorrows of the flood victims who had been residing on the flood control embankments for few days last making temporary chala with CI sheet and bamboo chatai, he further added.

Paschimanchal Railway General Manager Shahidul Islam said: “We cannot yet say when the rail communication will be restored. We will take steps to make the tracks ready for commute before Eid.”

In Kurigram, nearly 800 people in nine upazilas of have become stranded, as the flood situation worsened on Thursday.

Heavy downpour in the upstream regions and in the district raised the water level of Brahmaputra and Dharla Rivers.

Dharla was flowing 73cm above the danger level at Bridge Point. Brahmaputra, on the other hand, was 36cm above the danger level at Chilmari point in the morning.

The rivers burst out of their banks and flooded low-lying areas of 50 villages. The road from Bangtur Ghat to Phulbari Dam is at the risk of erosion while a 50-foot stretch of the Nagrakura dam in Ulipur upazila caved in.

Officials of the WDB, and the upazila administration said steps will be taken to repair the dam immediately.

During this two-week flood, 9,58,327 people in nine upazilas of the district were marooned. An estimated 20,000 hectares of cropland are feared to have been damaged.

Many flood victims from the remote regions complained that they are yet to receive any relief material.

In Tangail, the Jamuna River rose while the Dhaleswari River and the Jhinai River receded. 

According to WDB sources, the Jamuna rose by 7cm and was flowing 3cm above the danger level, the Dhaleswari fell by 7cm and was flowing at 94cm, and the Jhinai too, fell by 7cm and was flowing 5cm above the danger point.

Nearly 5,30,798 people in 499 villages under 64 unions of 10 upazilas were affected as of yet.

District agriculture office said at least 16,675 hectares of cultivable land were under water.

At least 278 schools, colleges, and madrasas were shut down as flood water entered the institutions, said the district education office.  

Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Mosaraf Hossain Khan said: “We are providing relief to the affected and we will continue to do so.”  

In Lalmonirhat, the Teesta River was flowing 43cm above its danger point (52.6cm), causing floods in nearby lowland areas. Hundreds of families in 13 unions of the district were affected. 

Aminur Rashid, deputy assistant engineer of WDB, said: “The Teesta River is likely to continue to rise. We have alerted the locals and asked them to take shelter along with their belongings.”

In Jamalpur, the overall flood situation worsened as the Jamuna River rose and continued to flow above the danger level. 

Nabakumar Chowdhury, executive engineer of WDB, said: “The Jamuna River is flowing 51cm above the danger point.

“The floods for the past two weeks affected the low income populace the most and the people of coastal areas who are in flood-shelter centres cannot return to their homes.”

Our correspondents Tazul Islam Reza, Gazipur; Ariful Islam, Kurigram; Abdullah Al Numan, Tangail; Moazzem Hossain, Lalmonirhat; and Bishwajit Deb contributed to this report 

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