Fresh flood maroons thousands in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat again

Staff Correspondent

18 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Thousands of people living on the shoal of rivers and char areas in Lalmonirhat and Kurigram were marooned in floodwater due to the rise of water level of Brahmaputra and Teesta rivers following heavy downpour and onrush of water from upstream hilly areas.

The flood, which hit for the fourth time this year, has destroyed Aman paddy and vegetable fields in these areas.

During the past 24 hours till 9am on Thursday, the recorded rainfalls were 187mm at Cherrapunji, 131mm at Pasighat, 85mm at Dhubri and 57mm at Silchar points in the upstream of the Brahmaputra basin.

Besides, the recorded rainfalls during the period till 9am yesterday were 186mm at Dinajpur, 130mm at Chilmari, 84mm at Rangpur, 132mm at Kurigram, 33mm at Kawnia and 28mm at Dalia points in the basin.

According to officials of Lalmonirhat and Kurigram Water Development Board, with further rise in its water level by 15cm, the Dharla River is flowing 22 cm above the danger mark in Lalmonirhat and 35 cm above the danger mark in Kurigram since 6:00am on Thursday inundating some low-lying areas.

Meanwhile, Executive Engineer of the Teesta Barrage Project division of BWDB Rabiul Islam said water levels of the Teesta rose by 3cm at Dalia and 15cm at Kawnia but were still flowing below the DM by 20cm and 23cm at these points respectively at 9 am.

In Lalmonirhat, 57 houses were devoured by rivers with locals trying to protect their belongings by dumping sand-filled sacks and tree trunks.

Low-lying areas in more than a dozen shoals such as Gokunda, Rajpur, Kalmati, Folimari, Sinduna and Goddimari have been inundated. About 25,000 shoal inhabitants have been stranded because of the swelling rivers while another 1,00,000 are at risk of being impacted by the overflowing Teesta.

In Kurigram, some 14 villages in Bhurungamari upazila have been flooded due to continuous rain and onrush of water from upstream.

Due to sudden rise in water level in the Dharla River, about 35,000 people from 7,000 families have been marooned s the Dudhkumar and Phulkumar rivers continue to swell

The floods also inundated 100 hectares of Transplanted Aman paddy and vegetable fields, where fishes from local ponds were also washed away, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension.

Project implementation officer Shahinur Alam said a report on the recent flood was sent to district deputy commissioner.

Md. Ariful Islam, executive engineer of Kurigram Water Development Board, said that the water may increase further in the next 2-3 days if rain continues in India. Then the water will decrease.

Besides, water levels of the Jamuna marked sharp rises by 33cm at Fulchhari, 29cm at Bahadurabad, 36cm at Sariakandi, 24cm at Kazipur and 29cm at Sirajganj points in Sirajganj during the period.

The Brahmapara was flowing below the DM by 65cm at Noonkhawa and 38cm at Chilmari in Kurigram while Jamuneswari was flowing below the DM by 169cm at Badarganj in Rangpur at 9:00am.

The Jamuna was flowing 50cm below the DM at Fulchhari in Gaibandha, 58cm at Bahadurabad in Jamalpur, 29cm at Sariakandi in Bogura, 30cm at Kazipur and 48cm at Sirajganj points at 9:00 am on the day.