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Three more dams in haor collapse

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 19 April, 2022 12:00 AM
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Three more dams in haor collapse
Bangladesh Water Development Board officials, local public representatives and farmers are repairing Kirtankhola dam in Khaliajuri upazila of Netrokona district to protect Boro paddy from flashflood. The photo was taken on Monday. —Photo: Collected

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Water is hurtling down a number of dams in Sunamganj district due to the onrush of water from the upstream, making farmers worried further about Boro paddy.

Besides, the continuous rise in the water level has put several other dams in the haor region at risk with locals struggling to protect those.

Farmers are harvesting paddy as the water flow is increasing fast and submerging haors one after another.

A dam at Horamondira Haor at Noorpur village under Jagdal union of Derai upazila in Sunamganj collapsed on Sunday night.

The water level of the Old Surma River rose by 33cm on Sunday night, said Zahurul Islam, executive engineer of Sunamganj Water Development Board.

The rising water level has increased the water pressure in Derai and Shalla and has put several dams there at risk, he said.

Farmers and the district administration were trying to save the crops grown in the district’s wetland areas from a surge in runoff from hill areas for the last 17 days.

But, their efforts went in vain as huge onrush collapsed dams one after another, inundating cropland.

Dams burst in Tahirpur upazila’s Tanguar Hoar and Gurmar Haor on Sunday. Floods in early April breached a dam in Tahirpur, flooding 25 hectares of farmland.

Bimal Chandra Shom, deputy director of Sunamganj Department of Agricultural Extension, said Boro paddy was cultivated on 1,050 hectares of land in Horamondira Haor this season.

About 70 percent of the paddy has been harvested, he said, adding that not all of the remaining crops will be ruined if the dams break.

He also urged the farmers to harvest their paddy as soon as possible.

All major rivers of Sunamganj, Netrokona and Habiganj are in rising trend, Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), said.

According to numerical models of Bangladesh Meteorological Department and India Meteorological Department, there is a chance of medium to heavy rainfall in the north-eastern region of the country and the states of Assam, Meghalaya and Arunacal of India in the next 48-72 hours, he said.

All major rivers of Sunamganj may rise slowly and flow near to their respective danger levels at some points in the next 24 hours, Arif said,                adding that major rivers of Netrokona may rise slowly in the next 24 hours that may worsen the flood situation in the district.

All major rivers of Sylhet, Sunamganj and Netrokona may rise rapidly due to heavy rainfall at times in the next 48-72 hours, he added.

The water level of rivers in the haor area of Netrokona continued to rise further due to heavy rains in upstream Cherrapunji in India.

Several crop protection dams, including Kirtankhola, Charhaisda and Gomail, are at risk due to the rising waters of Someshwari, Kangsha, Mogra and Dhanur, the main rivers of the district.

Farmers have been spending sleepless nights for worries over their crop loss as flashflood already submerged a major area of Boro crop and most of the dams in the haor region are at risk.

Local people have been working hard to repair rest of the embankments to protect their only crop of the haor from flashflood.