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Bangladesh’s western part may get flooded as India opens Farakka gates

  • Published at 08:20 pm September 30th, 2019
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File photo shows Dimla upazila of Nilphamari district has become submerged under water on Saturday, July 13, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Flash flood already caused by a sudden rise in water level of the Padma for the last few days inundated low-lying areas, and winter vegetable fields, in 18 char lands in three unions under Lalpur upazila of Natore

Flood forecasting and warning centre said, the water lever of Ganges, and Padma has been rising, and the level may continue to rise for the next 72 hours. 

Officials from the warning centre told Dhaka Tribune that at least five western districts of the country may get affected by flood due to water discharge from India through the Farakka Barrage.

Currently, a massive flood is damaging most parts of Patna, and Bihar in India. The Times of India reported that India has opened 119 gates of the Farakka Barrage to discharge water.

Flash flood already caused by a sudden rise in water level of the Padma for the last few days inundated low-lying areas, and winter vegetable fields, in 18 char lands in three unions under Lalpur upazila of Natore.

Md Arifuzzaman Bhuiya, executive engineer, Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre under Bangladesh Water Development Board said: “Water level will rise for the next 72 hours in Ganges, Padma, and Gorai rivers.”

“There is a strong possibility that danger level may cross in these three rivers, which may flood Rajshahi, Natore, ChapaiNawabganj, Rajbari, and Faridpur districts,” he informed.

“We directed the local offices of the water development board of those districts to be ready to tackle any kind of damage caused by the flood,” he added.