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Water level continues to rise in Kurigram

Water is still flowing above the danger level at five out of 94 river stations while devastating erosion by Padma River takes a serious turn in Faridpur’s Char Bhadrasan

Update : 25 Jun 2018, 03:15 AM

The water level in Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla and Dudhkumar rivers is continuing to rise following the gushing water from the upstream and incessant rains in Kurigram.

Many low-lying and char areas have already been inundated, worsening the district’s overall flood situation, reports UNB.

The internal road communication has been snapped due to flooding in many char areas, living people of many areas stranded for several days, said villagers.

According to sources at Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) office in Kurigram, water level of Brahmaputra River was flowing only 1.46 cm below the danger level at Chilmari point and 2 cm below in Noonkhawa point.

Dharla was flowing only 0.99 cm under the danger level at Bridge point, while in Teesta the water was flowing 1.6 cm below the danger level on Sunday morning.

Water above danger level at 5 river stations

Meanwhile, water is still flowing above the danger level at five out of 94 river stations monitored by the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) across the country, reports BSS.

Water levels marked rise at 53 river stations, fall at 38 stations and remained steady at one station, said a FFWC press release on Sunday.

The water of Surma River is flowing 58 cm above the danger level at Kanaighat station while water of Kushiara River is flowing 19 cm, 27 cm and 20 cm above the danger level at Amalshid, Sheola and Sherpur-Sylhet stations, respectively.

The water of Old Surma River is also flowing 36 cm above the danger level at Derai station, it said.

The major rivers of the North-Eastern region – Surma and Kushiara – may continue rising in the next 24 hours and the existing flood situation in Sylhet district may slightly deteriorate.

According to information of Bangladesh and Indian Meteorological Departments, there is chance of heavy to very heavy rainfall in northern and north-eastern region of Bangladesh and adjoining Indian regions in the next 24 to 48 hours.

The water level of Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharala and Ghaghot rivers in the country’s northern region may also rise.

The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma rivers are in falling trend while the Jamuna and Ganges rivers may continue falling trend.

The Padma River is now only 12 meters away from the locality of Dangi village in Sadar upazila, Faridpur, threatening to inundate the entire village anytime UNB

River erosion takes serious turn in Faridpur

The devastating erosion by the mighty River Padma has taken a serious turn in the district’s Char Bhadrasan upazila threatening the river-protection dam, reports UNB.

The people of the upazila living beside the dam are passing days in fear of erosion.

The river was only 12 meters away from the locality of Dangi village in Sadar upazila, locals said, adding that the river could inundate the entire village anytime.

BWDB has spent around Tk4 crore for the development of the dam by building a concrete road on it. Moreover, some 26,130 sacks filled with sand were put beside the river bank in the affected areas in three phases.

Wasel Uddin Sikdar, a resident of Dangi village, said river erosion worsened in the last seven days. "It will not be possible to protect the main road of the upazila if necessary steps are not taken immediately.”

Char Bhadrasan Sadar Union Parishad Chairman Md Azad Khan said they have written to the higher authority describing the overall situation and were awaiting response.

He said many establishments, including school, houses, madrasa and mosque, adjacent to the river bank will disappear in the river very soon if necessary measures to protect the dam were not taken immediately.

BWDB Engineer Sultan Mahmud said a proposal under the sustainable dam protection project was sent to the concerned authority for saving around 2.5 kilometres of road.

"The repairing works will start soon after the approval of the project," he added.

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