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Brahmaputra crosses danger level in Gaibandha, river basin areas flooded

  • Published at 07:50 am August 28th, 2021
File photo of a river flowing above the danger level in Bangladesh BSS

The Brahmaputra River was flowing 25cm above the danger level Saturday morning

The water level of the Brahmaputra, one of the mighty rivers in the country, crossed its danger mark on Saturday morning inundating the river basin areas including char ones.

On the other hand, the other major rivers- the Teesta and the Ghagot are also flowing just below their respective danger marks this morning around 9am.

The officials of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) here said the water levels of the major rivers flowing through the district rose sharply due to incessant rain and onrush of hilly waters from the upstream.

The water levels in the Brahmaputra rose by 46cm, the Teesta 18cm, the Ghagot 43cm, and the Karatoa 3cm during the period.

Of them, the Brahmaputra was flowing 25cm above its danger level at Fulchharighat point of the district this morning.

The Ghagot was flowing 1cm below the danger mark at New Bridge Road point of the district town, the Teesta 3cm at Kaunia point of Rangpur district and the Karotoa 162cm at Katakhali Bridge point of Gobindaganj upazila here.

With the rise of water level in the Brahmaputra River, the river basin areas of Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari and Saghata upazila had been inundated and the standing crops particularly jute and summer vegetables went under floodwater.

Apart from this, the rise of water level in the river, the erosion took a serious turn at many places along the western sides of the river including Horipur, Kapasia and Kamarjani of the district creating immense sufferings and much anxiety to the erosion victims and also making the riverbank people threatened.

Executive Engineer of BWDB Mokhlasur Rahman said as the Brahmaputra was flowing over its danger mark, the officials and the employees of the board had been kept alert and vigil there to protect the embankment from any kind of destruction.

As the Ghagot River was also flowing just below its danger level, security measures had also been tightened at the town protection embankment so that any vested quarters could not cut it to create immense sufferings of the Gaibandha municipality, he also said.

Talking to the BSS, deputy commissioner (DC) Abdul Matin said the district and the upazila administrations had got ready with relief materials and manpower to address the flood situation in the district efficiently.

They were also monitoring the situation closely and briefing the higher authority concerned about the latest situation and its doings about the flood, the DC concluded.

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