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Teesta Swelling by Upstream Water

Vast areas of four districts inundated

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 22 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Vast areas of four districts inundated
The Teesta River, which has swelled due to the onrush of water from the upstream, has inundated vast areas of Nilphamari, Rangpur, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts, leaving thousands of people marooned and damaging roads and croplands. The photo was taken from a Lalmonirhat village on Thursday. — Star Mail Photo

Swelling of the Teesta River caused by a massive onrush of upstream water has inundated vast areas of Nilphamari, Rangpur, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts, leaving thousands of people marooned.

The flood victims are leading a miserable life and are not getting adequate relief, many have alleged. Vast areas of croplands and many homesteads have gone under floodwater triggered by a sudden rise in the Teesta river water.

Meanwhile, Teesta River was flowing 30cm bellow the danger level while the river was flowing 35cm above the red mark at Kaunia point at 6:00am on Thursday, said MD Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

Teesta crossed the danger level at Daoni area near Teesta Barrage in Hatibandha upazila of Lalmonirhat on Wednesday.  The water level started rising from Tuesday night and has been flowing 60cm above the danger level, caused by a heavy onrush of the upstream water.

In Nilphamari, around 15 thousand people of different villages under Dimla and Jaldhaka upazilas have been marooned and passing a miserable life.

About 3,000 inhabitants of Paglir Bazar, Tapur Char, Ekotar Bazar, Char Kharibari, Char Purbo Kharibari and Char Dakkhin  Kharibari villages under Tepa Kharibari Union are the most affected, said Moynul Islam, chairman of the union.

People of those villages have been passing days under waist-deep water and facing an acute food and water crisis, he said.

In Lalmonirhat, the Barakhata-Hatibandha bypass road has collapsed at various places due to the sudden rise in Teesta water.

Thousands of families in this union have been flooded and thousands of acres of cropland on the banks of Teesta in five upazilas of Lalmonirhat district have been submerged by floodwater.

The low-lying areas of Dahgram in Patgram upazila, Gaddimari, Singamari, Sinduna, Patikapara, Dauabari in Hatibandha upazila and Bhotmari, Soilmari, Nohli, Char Boirati in Kaliganj upazilas of Lalmonirhat have been flooded, affecting some 10,000 families.