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Water level crosses danger mark at Dalia point in Teesta

 Heavy rain in the last 24 hours in the Teesta basin caused a heavy onrush of water from upstream, and the water level was 20 centimetres above the danger mark in the morning

Update : 26 Jun 2020, 03:58 PM

The Teesta River rose alarmingly at Dalia point of Nilphamari district on Friday morning near the Teesta barrage, inundating low-lying areas of Dimla and Jaldhaka upazila.

Heavy rain in the last 24 hours in the Teesta basin caused a heavy onrush of water from upstream, and the water level was 20 centimetres above the danger mark in the morning.

Confirming, Executive Engineer Rabiul Islam, of the Water Development Board, said the water was 5cm below the danger mark on Thursday evening but has been rising since then.

On June 20, the river crossed the danger level for the first time and inundated vast areas of land and homesteads. It receded within a couple of days but the victims are once again threatened by the same situation after six days.

Earlier, thousands of  people in the low lying areas were affected. Waist-deep water flooded their homesteads and there was shortage of food, according to local union council members.

Union Chairman Abdul Latif Khan said around 8,000 families are at risk of flooding in Dimla and Jakldhaka upazilas.

WDB authorities said they kept all the gates of Teesta barrage open to tackle the situation. The opening of these gates led to the flooding of Khalisha Chapani and Baishpukur Chars.

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