30,000 marooned as flash flood hits Lalmonirhat

Staff Correspondent

21 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Onrush of waters from upstream across the Indian border since Tuesday night triggered flash floods in rural areas along the Teesta River and other low-lying areas in Lalmonirhat district, leaving over 30,000 people marooned.

Many flood-affected people have started shifting their houses to safer places along the Teesta River area, local sources said.

The flood-affected areas are Mahishkhocha union of Aditmari upazila, Gokunda, Rajour and Khuniyagachh unions of Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, Kakina and Bhitmari of Kaliganj upazila, Gaddimari, Dawabari, Sindurna and Saniyajan of Hatibandha upazila and Dahagram of Patgram upazila.

Water level of the Teesta River was flowing below the danger mark at Teesta Barrage point in Dowani area of Hatibandha upazila on Thursday, according to Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Ganges rivers are in rising trend which may continue to rise in next 24 hours, said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, an executive engineer of FFWC.

As monsoon hits north-eastern India, most of the states of the region are experiencing rainfall. Flood alert starts ringing in North Sikkim. Several areas in North Sikkim are experiencing heavy rainfall resulting in flood alert. Besides North Sikkim, its neighbouring areas in Bengal are also under the grip of flood, reports SIKKIM NEWS.