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Flood in the north-west: Water levels continue to rise

  • Published at 10:46 pm October 2nd, 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

The waters kept rising in Chapainawabganj touching the danger level

Water levels in the north western parts of the country continue to rise, as a result in numerous people are marooned and thousand hectares of croplands are being destroyed.

Flood water continued to rise mainly due to the opening of Farakka Barrage gates and torrential rain, according to sources.

The waters kept rising in Chapainawabganj touching the danger level. In the last 24 hours (which ended on Wednesday), the level of water in the Padma River had risen by 11cm which is just 0.30cm below the danger level. Water level in the Mohananda River had also risen by 11cm just 0.22cm below the danger level.

In Kushtia, water has crossed the danger level and breached the Kuthibari protective dam in Shilaidaha. 30m   of land was under the Padma waters after the breach of the dam. The water level at Bheramara Hardinge Bridge point was flowing 5cm over the danger level and in the last 12 hours the level of water increased by 2cm breaking all the previous records. The floods had caused at least 50,000 people to be stranded.

In Tangail, though water in the Jamuna River receded, levels of water in the other rivers increased. Water level in the Dhaleshwari River increased by 5cm causing the water to flow 22cm above the danger level, while the water level of the Jhinai River increased by 1cm resulting the water to flow 62cm over the danger level. The increase in water level had submerged the low lying lands, rendering countless numbers of families homeless.      

In Pabna, water level of the Padma at the Paksi Hardinge Bridge point increased by 7cm which caused the water to flow 14.25 cm above the danger level breaking the record of the last 16 years. Considering the flood emergency, leave of public servants of three upazilas including Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNO) were cancelled, said Deputy Commissioner Kabir Mahmud at a press briefing on Wednesday evening. "All concerning district officials are on duty due to the sudden upheaval of the water-level in the recent floods, which exceeded the danger mark," the commissioner added.

In Natore, the water level of the river had increased causing thousands of people to be stranded. At Rajshahi’s Charghat point the water level of the Padma River increased by 5cm resulting the water to flow 85cm below the danger level. At Shingra point the water level of the Akrai River increased by 10cm and at Naldanga Upazila the water level of the Barnoi River also increased by 10cm. 

10,000 people stranded as Padma, Mahananda water level rises

At least 10,000 people were stranded in parts of Sadar and Shibganj upazilas on Wednesday as the water level of the Padma and Mahananda rivers increased further.

Low-lying areas, including crop fields, and a number of houses have been flooded, locals said, reports UNB.

Bihar minister: Farakka Barrage must be dismantled

Sanjay Kumar Jha, eastern India’s state of Bihar's water resources minister on Tuesday said that Farakka Barrage, which was been built compromising the state's interest, should be dismantled.

According to the Times of India, the minister said the state government has been writing to the federal government for the resolution of the problems caused by the dam and will do so again encompassing all issues.

The Farakka Barrage was constructed in the early 60s with the main purpose of helping flush out sediment deposition from the Kolkata Port, besides addressing drinking water requirement in West Bengal. The dam became operational in 1975.

"It (Farakka Barrage) must be dismantled in the interest of Bihar...People of Bihar have been suffering every year due to it. It has become 'misery' for all of us," Jha told reporters.

More than 1,600 die in India's heaviest monsoon season for 25 years

The heaviest monsoon rains to lash India in 25 years have killed more than 1,600 people since June, government data showed on Tuesday, as authorities battled floods in two northern states and muddy waters swirled inside a major city, reports Reuters.

Our correspondents Md Anwar Hossain, Chapainawabganj, Emroz Khandakar, Pabna, Abdullah Al Numan, Tangail, Kamal Mridha, Natore, Al-Mamun Sagar, Kushtia contributed to the report