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River waters flowing above danger lines in Habiganj and Moulvibazar

  • Published at 08:55 am June 16th, 2018
Increase in water level of Monu River in Moulvibazar

'Emergency Disaster Management has taken extensive measurements to tackle the situation'

River waters are flowing above danger lines in Khowai River in Habiganj and Monu River in Moulvibazar.

In Habiganj, Khowai river water is flowing 260cm above the danger line because of heavy rainfall on Friday, in Tripura, India.

Habiganj city protection dam and local people are currently at  grave risk. 

Around 1am, early Saturday morning, the level of water started to rise, which caused panic among the residents of Habignaj.

The local people are guarding the dam at night because of the rising water levesl in Umednagar area.

Habiganj Water Development Board Executive Engineer Shahidul Islam said: “Heavy rains falls and downstream flow of water from hills in Tripura caused the water level to increase early Saturday.

He also said: "Emergency Disaster Management has taken extensive measurements to tackle the situation."

Shahidul said the Water Development Board has stocked huge amounts to sand filled bags to repair leakages to the dam without delay.

In Moulvibazar, heavy rainfall upstream has caused the water level of Monu River to rise by 150cm above the danger line.

The city protection dam of Monu River is in risk of damage. Water from the river has already entered into the city, causing a threat to the city dwellers.

Water have entered the city of Moulvibazar Saiful Islam/Dhaka Tribune

The people of the city have already been alerted by the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office through miking. People have already started to move their belongings from home and business institutions.

Movement of vehicles through M Saiful Rahman road has been closed, and important documents of government and non-government institutions have been kept in safe places.

A huge land mass has been flooded due to breakage of Dholai River and Monu River dams in 20 places.

Around 200,000 people have been stuck in the flooded waters and many houses and streets have already been under water.

Water from the Monu River entered the streets of Moulvibazar Saiful Islam/Dhaka Tribune 

Fire servicemen are rescuing those who are stuck in flood affected areas.

There has been an acute shortage of food and drinking water in those areas.

Executive Engineer of Moulvibazar Water Development Board Ronenda Shankar said: “20 places of Monu and Dholai rivers have leakages. We are trying our best to save those dams that are in risk of collapse.”

“If the overflowing of water continues, then the city will soon be fully flooded,” he said.

He also said: “ Kadamhata area of Rajnagar upazila in  Moulvibazar-Kulaura highways have been flooded due to Monu River dam breakage.”

Meanwhile, the government has already deployed the army to the affected area. Superintendent of Police of Moulvibazar Md Shahjalal has confirmed the news.

Members of Bangladesh Army are inspecting the Monu River city protection dam Saiful Islam/Dhaka Tribune

The army will rescue the flood affected people and provide them with food and necessary healthcare.

The army has been equipped to tackle any kind of situations in the flood affected areas.

Moulvibazar DC Tofail Islam said: “An army team of experts from Sylhet have already inspected the city protection dam.”

“A team of 60 army men lead by a major will work to repair the dam from Saturday morning.” he said

The Superintendent of Police and Mayor of Moulvibazar along with members of the army, inspecting the affected dam Saiful Islam/Dhaka Tribune

Tofail further added: “Other than the army, Sp, Mayor, and people from Water Development Board are working tirelessly to save the dam, sand filled bangs have been put in by the Water Development Board in M Saifur Rahman Road and Kanakpur areas, as preventive measures.”

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