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Low-lying areas inundated as Teesta, Dharala swell again

  • Published at 06:50 pm September 17th, 2020
Photo: Dhaka Tribune

The water level of Dharla River in Lalmonirhat was flowing 25cm above the danger level around 3pm on Thursday

The waters in the Teesta and Dharala rivers across Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts started to rise again due to continuous rains and onrush of upstream water, submerging the low-lying and char areas.

In Lalmonirhat, the water level in the both the rivers have started rising again in the 24 hours till last morning due to the torrential rain. The char areas have been flooded, causing sufferings to residents of the river banks.

The water level of the Dharla River in Lalmonirhat was flowing 25cm above the danger level around 3pm yesterday. Besides, the Teesta was flowing 20cm below the danger level at the barrage point.

Rabiaul Islam, executive engineer of country's largest irrigation project Teesta Barrage of Dalia, said the Teesta water was flowing 20cm below the danger level at 3pm.

For now, all the water gates have been opened, he said. “Due to rainfall in India and this part of the country, the water level is gradually increasing. However, there is no warning of a major flood,” he said.

Mizanur Rahman, executive engineer of Lalmonirhat Water Development Board, said: "The water level of small rivers has increased due to continuous rains."

If rain continues, the flood situation may worsen, he said.

In Kurigram, about 35,000 people from 7,000 families have been marooned due to sudden rise in water level in the Dharla river. 

The floods also inundated 100 hectares of aman crops, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).

Md. Ariful Islam, executive engineer of Kurigram Water Development Board, said that the water may increase further in the next 2-3 days if rain continues in India. Then the water will decrease.

DAE Deputy Director Kurigram Mostafizur Rahman Pradhan said Aman crops on 100 hectares of land along the river bank have been submerged as the Dharla river is flowing above the danger level.

Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Rezaul Karim said the concerned department has been asked to assess the losses.

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