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Teesta water falls, Padma on the rise

  • Published at 12:22 am August 21st, 2021
Faridpur flood
An 800-meter stretch of the Goldadangi road in Faridpur Sadar was fully submerged on Tuesday Dhaka Tribune

Thousands of people have been marooned in several districts

The water level of the Teesta River in Lalmonirhat and surrounding areas started to fall on Friday evening.

According to officials of the Water Development Board (WDB), the river was flowing 20cm above danger level around 6am, and it came down to 4cm below the danger level at 12 noon. At 6pm, the water level was 20cm below the danger mark, officials said.

The water level rose in the morning as 44 gates of the Teesta Barrage on the Indian side had been kept open to control the flow of water due to heavy rain in Shiliguri and Darjeeling. 

This season, the Teesta water started to flow above the danger mark last week, but it came down to 2cm on August 17 from 15cm on August 13.

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Huge areas of the district have been inundated as the water level rose above the danger mark triggered by an onrush of water from the upstream.

Over 5,000 families of 15,000 villages of Dimla upazila in Nilphamari have remained stranded due to the onrush, which has damaged the paddy fields, houses and other establishments in the area.

“The local administration has taken measures to distribute 6 tons of rice and 250 packets of dry food for the riverside people,” Dimla UNO Jayasree Rani Roy said, adding that they would extend the coverage after monitoring the situation.

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Flood in Rajbari, Faridpur 

Thousands of people in the low-lying areas of Rajbari and Faridpur districts are at the risk of a flood as the Padma River has been flowing above the danger mark for the last few days.

On Friday morning, the water level was 77cm above the danger level at Sengram and 4cm at Mahendrapur of Rajbari, and 34cm at Daulatdia of Faridpur. 

The local authorities have arranged dry food for the stranded people, and are preparing to tackle a flood situation, reports our correspondent.