Published:  12:16 AM, 13 July 2019

Water rising in Teesta

Water rising in Teesta Villages in Lalmonirhat being inundated due to the increase of water level in the Teesta river.

Water in the Teesta River in Lalmonirhat is now flowing above 24 centimeters of the danger level due to continuous rain and the water flowing downstream from India since last week. As a result, many places of the town have been inundated. Al-Amin Mia who has been marooned with his family members at Bairati village under Kaliganj upazila, said we are living in danger with fear. We can't rear our cattle and cook our foods.

According to forecasts from the Water Development Board, 44 gates of Teesta Barrage have already have opened. They said rainfall might increase. Water in Teesta River is increasing every hour. Though some areas on the bank of the Surma River have been flooded, water couldn't cross the main road. But if the rainfall continues, the main road might be flooded anytime at Parulia point of Hatibandha upazila.

Low areas of the locality like Dahagram of Patgram upazila, Shaniyajan, Goddimari, Shindurna. Of Hatibandha upazila, Bhotmari Jamirbari, Bairati, Nohali of Kaliganj upazila, Mohishkhocha, Mohishashor of Aditmari Upazila. Khuniagach, Panchagram, Gokunda of Lalmonirhat Sadar of the district have been flooded.

Bhotmari Union Parishad Chairman said if the current rainfall continues, a good number of villages will be flooded. We need government help. Aminur Rashid, sub assistant engineer of Teesta Water Development Board, said the water level is now in a stable situation. But if the rainfall increases, water might enter into the town anytime.

Kaliganj  Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Rabiul Hasan  said, around 20 villages in the upazila have been flooded. Arrangements have been made to provide them with dry foods.

---Badlul Alam Zadu, Lalmonirhat

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