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Low-lying areas in Rangpur inundated as Teesta swells

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 3 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Low-lying areas in Rangpur have been inundated, as the Teesta River crossed the danger level due to upstream water and tidal surge.

The Teesta River is flowing 52 cm above the danger level due to mountain runoff and heavy rains in Rangpur.

The Teesta started to overflow slightly on Wednesday night and it surpassed the danger level on Thursday while following 52cm higher than the danger level at Dalia point on Friday, flooding low-lying areas around the river, according to Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB).

Laxmitari, Mohipur Chhalapak and Maraneya unions in the district’s Gangachara Upazila have already been submerged.

The Brahmaputra, the Jamuna, and the Padma rivers are in rising trend, according to Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC)

Except Kushiyara, Manu and Khowai, all the major rivers in the north-eastern region of the country are in rising trend, which may continue in next 24 hours, it said.

According to information of meteorological agencies, there is a chance of heavy rainfall in the northern, north-eastern part of the country and at few places of adjoining upstream part of India in next 48-72 hours.

As a result, the Teesta, the Dharla, the Dudhkumar in northern region and the major rivers of Sylhet, Sunamganj and Netrokona in the north-eastern region may rise at time rapidly.

The fifth wave of flooding in Gangachara and Kaunia Upazila has put millions of people at risk. Locals are trying to save their valuables before being marooned by floods due to the rise in the water level. The authorities are observing the situation and have opened 44 sluice gates to control the overflow.