Flood situation prevails in Brahmaputra basin
Special Correspondent : Water levels of the Teesta River is flowing 40cm above its danger level while a flood situation is prevailing in the Brahmaputra basin where water levels of major rivers marked further rise due to onrush of water amid heavy monsoon rains from the upstream.
Our Nilphamari Correspondent reports that the Teesta water was is flowing 40cm above its danger level at Dalia Point of Teesta Barrage under Dimla Upazila of the district yesterday.
Executive Engineer of Dalia Water Development Board Md Asfauddin Daula said all 44 sluice gates of the Teesta Barrage have been opened to control the water flow.
He said the Teesta water crossed its danger level of 19cm at the Barrage Point while it increased further to 35cm above the danger level in the evening and it rose to 37 cm at 9pm last night.
Due to the influx of water from upstream areas and heavy rains, the water of Teesta River crosses the danger level. As a result, more than 3,000 families of 15 Char villages of seven unions of Dimlaupazila of the district, surrounded by the river, have become waterlogged. Chairman of Khalishachapani Union Parishad of Dimlaupazila Sahiduzzaman Sarkar said: “About 1,200 families of Chhotakhta and Baishpukur villages of the union become waterlogged while the water rose during the night.”BWDB Dalia Division Executive Engineer also said,
“The people on the banks ofthe river have been made aware with the help of the local administration. If there is any problem anywhere, Water Development Board is ready to deal withit.” Dimla Upazila Nirbahi officer (UNO) Belayet Hossain said: “We are constantly monitoring. Local UP chairmen have been asked to prepare a list of waterlogged people. Local public representatives are working on making a list of actual victims. We have enough relief stock to deal with the situation.”
Meanwhile, our Rangpur Correspondent said a flood situation is prevailing in the Brahmaputra basin as water levels of major rivers marked further sharp rise due to onrush of water amid heavy monsoon rains from the upstream in the last 24 hours ending at 9am yesterday.
Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials said the Dudhkumar, Dharla and Teesta were following above danger marks (DM) yesterday at three points inundating fresh low-lying areas in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Rangpur districts. The Dudhkumar was flowing above its danger mark by 50cm at Pateshwari point in Kuirgram and Dharla by 9cm above the danger mark at Kurigram and Teesta was flowing above its danger mark by 32cm at Dalia point in Nilphamari at 9 am.”We have taken early preparedness to face any situation during seasonal floods in all eight districts of Rangpur division under BWDB’s Rangpur zone,” Additional Chief Engineer for Rangpur Zone of BWDB Engineer MdMahbubur Rahman told .A local road has been inundated in the Pateshwari area of Nageshwariupazila of Kurigram due to the rising floodwaters of Dudhkumar where geo-bags are being used on an emergency basis to save large areas from being inundated.
“We are repairing flood control structures and breaches on emergency basis at some 60 vulnerable points alongside the major rivers in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Nilphamari and Rangpur districts,” Engineer Rahman said. During the last 24 hours, water levels of the Dudhkumar sharply rose by 42cm at Pateshwari, Dharla by 64cm at Kurigram, Teesta rose by 37cm at Kawnia and by 13cm at Dalia points in the Brahmaputra basin.However, water level of the Teesta marked a slight fall and was flowing 17cm above the danger mark at Dalia point at 12 noon yesterday.
Water levels of the Brahmaputra also rose by 36cm at Noonkhawa, 35cm at Hatia and 29cm at Chilmari and Jamuna rose by 27cm at Fulchhari, 24cm at Shaghata and 28cm at Bahadurabad, 25cm at Sariakandi, 21cm at Kazipur and 18cm at Sirajganjpoints.”TheTeesta was flowing below the danger mark by 37cm at Kawnia, Brahmaputra below by 36cm at Noonkhawa, 35cm at Hatia and 29cm at Chilmari while Jamuna was flowing below its danger mark by 27cm at Fulchhari and 24cm at Shaghata points at 9am yesterday,” Rahman said.According to a bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) of BWDB, the recorded rainfalls in the last 24 hours ending at 9 am yesterday were 101mm (millimeter) at Pateshwari, 77mm at Dinajpur and 63mm at Dalia points in the Brahmaputra basin.
“Besides, the recorded rainfalls during the period were 200mm at Cherrapunji, 110mm at Siliguri, 53mm at Passighat, 133mm at Jalpaiguri, 76mm at Gangtok and 41mm at Jalpaiguri points of the northwestern Indian states,” the bulletin said.There is a chance of heavy to very heavy rainfall in next 24 hours in the northern and adjoining upstream regions of the country where water levels of the Teesta, Dharla and Dudhkumar rivers may rise at times during the period.As a result, the Brahmaputra-Jamuna, Teesta, Dharla, Dudkumar and other major rivers may continue rising trend in the next 48 hours.”In the next 24 hours, the flood situation in low-lying areas of Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram districts in the Brahmaputra basin may remain steady,” the bulletin added.Divisional Commissioner Md. Habibur Rahman told that the district and upazila administrations, BWDB, local disaster management monitoring committees and public representatives are closely monitoring the situation and taking urgent steps to face the flood situation in Rangpur division.
“As per early preparedness and steps taken by the district administrations, rescue and relief operations are being conducted at few flood and river- erosion prone areas in affected areas as the flood situation remains under control, so far,” he added.
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