Thousands of people living in 40 low-lying villages under five upazilas in Lalmonirhat have been left marooned while crops on a vast tract of land went under water as Teesta and Dharla swelled to the brim due to incessant rainfall and an onrush of hill water over the past few days.
The badly affected areas are: Kurul, Mogholhat, Kulaghat, Bowalmari, Rajpur, Kalmati, Khuniya Gachh, Gokunda, Milon Bazar, Teesta, Etapota villages of Lalmonirhat sadar upazila, Bongerbari, Sarkerbari, Dahagram, Sree Rampur, Bawra villages under Patgram upazila, Goddimari, Dowani, Sindurna, Dawabari, Paruliya, Patikapara villages under Hatibandha upazila, Votmari, Char Kakina, Rudreshewar, Jamirbari, Shoalmari villages of Kaliganj upazila and Kadomtola, Balapara, Char Gobordhan, Balurbandh villages of Aditmari upazila in the district.
Many people have already taken shelter on government roads and at the WDB dam as their houses were flooded by knee-deep water on Saturday.
Flood affected Shamsul Alam, 58, of Paruliya village of Hatibandha upazila said: “There has been heavy rainfall in the last few days. Water from Teesta River started entering into my home since Saturday evening.”
“So I have left my dwelling with my family and cattle and have started living on the dam since Saturday,” he told Dhaka Tribune.
Another flood hit Montez Miah, 65, who lives in Dharla River basin Bongram village of Lalmonirhat sadar upazila said: “Flood water entered into all the 120 houses in our village since Saturday night. Now we the villagers have taken shelter on the road.”
Heavy downpour in the last few days as well as rise in the water level in Teesta and Dharla Rivers have caused the flash flood, said sources at Lalmonirhat Water Development Board.
Lalmonirhat WDB officials said, the water level of the Rivers Teesta and Dharla was flowing below the danger level on Sunday noon.
Enayet Ullah, executive engineer of Lalmonirhat WDB said the water level of Teesta and Dharla Rivers were increasing because of onrush of water from upstream hills and the rivers. He added that water would be flowing above the danger mark at any time if the incessant rainfall persists.