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.
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.
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.