The Padma River continued to swell in Natore after India opened all the 119 gates of Farakka Barrage to ensure speedy discharge of the Ganges water following flood in Patna and 12 other districts, inundating 18 chars in Lalpur upazila.
The water level of the river almost touched the danger level at Hardinge point on Tuesday morning. The water was flowing 45cm below the red mark at Charghat point.
According to the Times of India, the Centre opened all the gates following a request from Pataliputra MP Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Ravi Shankar Prasad contacted Union minister for water resources and urged him to ensure that 119 gates of the Farakka barrage were raised to prevent floods in Patna and 12 other districts, sources close to Prasad said, adding the Union minister would reach Patna on Monday night.