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Flood worsens as Farakka sluice gates opened

  • Published at 12:47 am August 28th, 2016
Flood worsens as Farakka sluice gates opened
Syed Shahidul Islam, officer of Chapainawabganj Water Development Board, said the water level of the Padma River is about to reach its danger mark with 12cm and Mahanada 16cm rise in every three hours. The water flow of the Padma was increasing as India had opened the floodgates of Farakka Barrage, said Shahidul. The swelling of the Padma has already flooded Alatuli, Narayanpur, Charanupnagar, Sundurpur of Sadar upazila and Paka, Uzirpur, Durlovpur, Monakosha , Ghorapakia of Shibganj upazila. Maximum educational institutions in the areas remained closed and crops on 500 bighas land were washed away, said Md Sajdar Rahman, deputy director of Department of Agricultural Extension. More than 65,000 people of 40 villages had been marooned over few days, he said. Durlovpur UP chairman Abdur Rajib Raju said the people of 25 flood-affected villages in his union are also facing difficulties with their cattle. A total of 2,000 people of Haripur Dhapapara, Charmohonpur, Namonimgachi and Boripara had been marooned, said Mayor Sydur Rahman. Alatuli UP chairman Kamrul Hasan Kamal said 13,000 people had been marooned in his union. Charanupnagar UP chairman Sadkul Islam Bacchu said 5,000 people of Natunpara, Baganpara, Charkashipur and Kalabagn areas had been marooned. Educational institutions in the areas remained closed. Department of Disaster management officer Mansurur Rahman said meanwhile 12 tonne rice have been sent to the areas. On Tuesday, the Central Water Resour-ces Ministry of India directed to open 106 gates of the Farakka Barrage in West Bengal to relieve Bihar of monsoon flood. The decision came after news reports published in Indian media on Sunday that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reiterated the demand to open the gates. Meanwhile, the water level of the Gorai River, a branch of the Padma, has also increased accordingly, said BWDB sources. Padma, the main distributary of the Ganges, enters Bangladesh from India near Chapainawabganj and meets the Jamuna River in Goalonda, Rajbarhi. The city of Rajshahi, a major metropolitan in the country’s north, sits on the banks of the mighty river. Flowing 120 kilometres ahead, the consolidated stream then meets the Meghna River at Chandpur before flowing into the Bay of Bengal. The Farakka Barrage, which stands across the Ganges River in the Indian state of West Bengal, roughly 16.5 kilometres from the border with Bangladesh near Chapainawabganj, has been the cause of a long-standing dispute between Bangladesh and India. Bangladeshi experts and environmental activists have criticised the barrage, saying it affects biodiversity in Bangladesh by cutting off the water supply.
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