Flood engulfs fresh areas in 6 N-dists

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 11 Jul 2017, 00:43:30

Flood engulfs fresh areas in 6 N-dists

Jamuna, Teesta, Dharala flowing above danger level
Onrush of water from the upstream and heavy rainfall triggered by monsoon showers over the last several days inundated vast areas of six districts--Sirajganj, Nilphamari, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Pabna and Lalmonirhat, on Monday, report agencies.

The flood situation in the districts has worsened following the rise in water level of different rivers.

In Sirajganj, the flood situation in the district further deteriorated on Monday as the water of Jamuna is flowing 34 centimetres above the danger level.

Besides, erosion caused by the strong current of the Jamuna in different places also added to the woes of the flood-hit people, rendering 60,000 people of five upazilas marooned.

Syed Imam Hasan, executive engineer of Water Development Board, said they feared continued rise of waters of the Jamuna following the heavy rainfall in Assam and Meghalaya states of India on Sunday.

Teesta River at Dalia point is flowing 32 centimetres above the red mark, rendering 10,000 people of four upazilas of the district marooned.

The authorities concerned have opened the sluice gates at different points to tackle the situation.

In Lalmonirhat, the flood situation of the district has taken a turn for the worse due to the onrush of water from the upstream and incessant rains, rendering 30,000 people marooned.

The Teesta River is flowing 35 centimetres above the danger level while Dharala is flowing 25 centimetres above the red mark.

Executive Engineer Mostafizur Rahman of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) at Dalia division said Teesta River is flowing at least 30 centimetres above the danger level at Dalia point while Dharala 25 centimetres above the danger mark at Kulaghat point this morning, flooding vast areas of several upazilas including Hatibandha, Kaliganj and Aditmari.

Several thousands of people in several unions of Hatibandha upazila, Kakina, Votemari union parishads of Kaliganj upazila, Mohishkhocha of Aditmari upazila, Khuniagas, Mogholhat, Kulaghat, Rajpur areas of Sadar upazila are now marooned by the floodwater.
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