Lalmonirhat flood has improved somewhat the suffering has increased in Teestapar

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Eati Akter

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The flow of water in the Teesta River has increased over the threshold due to the uphill slopes and heavy rains coming down from India, but it has started to recede.  As a result, the flood situation of Lalmonirhat on the left bank of Teesta River has improved somewhat.

At 12 noon on Saturday (August 26), the largest irrigation project in the country, Teesta Barrage Dalia Point of Hatibandha Upazila, Lalmonirhat, recorded a water flow of 52.05 meters.  which (normal 52.15 meters) is flowing 10 cm below the boundary line.

At 3 pm the flow of Teesta River was recorded at Dalia Point – water level 51.98 m (danger limit = 52.15 m) which is 17 cm below the danger limit.  Kaunia Point – Water level 29.22 m, (danger limit = 28.75 m) which is 47 cm above the danger limit.  Dharla River: Shimulbari Point – Water level 29.72 m, (danger limit = 31.09 m) which is 137 cm below the danger limit.  Patgram Point – Water level 58.260 m (danger limit = 60.35 m) which is 209 cm below the danger limit.  107 mm of rain in Lalmonirhat from 8.00 am yesterday to 8.00 am today.

Earlier on Friday (August 25) from 12 noon, water flowed over the boundary line.  In the last 24 hours, thousands of families in the left bank districts were trapped in the flood due to the overflowing of the danger line.

People near the barrage and the river bank said that the flow of Teesta river has increased due to intermittent heavy rains and hill slopes in the last few days.  All sluices of Teesta Barrage have been opened to control the flow of water.

The water continued to rise from Thursday night, then at Dalia Point at 9 am on Friday, the Teesta water flowed along the Bipatsima.  It gradually increased and three hours later at 12:00 noon it flowed 3 cm above the danger line.  Due to heavy rains upstream and the increase in Teesta water flow in India’s Ghazaldoba, the upstream surge has increased the water flow at Dalia Point, the barrage authorities said.

The riverside people said that due to rising water, the low lying areas along the banks of Lalmonirhat district on the left bank of Teesta river have been flooded.  Crop fields in low-lying areas are flooded.  The families in the lower areas are becoming watertight.  The number of which is gradually increasing.  Several educational institutions were also submerged in flood waters.

For 24 hours the Teesta River flows over the boundary line at Dalia Point.  24 hours later on Saturday (August 26) at 12 noon the water at this point fell below the danger mark.  As a result, the situation of flood flowing over 5 upazilas of Lalmonirhat has improved somewhat.  But due to rain, the water is going down slowly.  As a result, it takes a long time to release the water-bound families.

Rabiul Islam of Govardhan area said that the water has been increasing in Teesta since Thursday night.  The lower areas of the river bank are flooded.  Crop fields, roads and ponds are submerged.  Communication is cut off by walking in the pasture.  Boats have to be used to go from one house to another.  Hundreds of families in the low-lying areas have become waterlogged.  People are catching fish by throwing nets on the road.

Abdul Majeed of Haldibari Char said that when the water in the river rises, the people of the char area become waterlogged.  There is a fear of flooding during monsoons.  I have been stuck in water since the night.  All around is water and water.  The riverside people have to spend sleepless nights sitting on Machang with their families.  In these areas, they are in extreme danger with children, old people and livestock.  However, the water started to decrease from Saturday afternoon.

Water Development Board (PUBO) Teesta Barrage Dalia Branch Executive Engineer Asfa Ud Daula said, heavy rains upstream and hill slopes have increased the water flow of Teesta.  All water closets are opened and water flow is controlled.  Water flowed at Dalia Point of Teesta River for 24 hours after crossing the flood limit at 9 am on Friday.  As a result, the lower region sinks.  However, after 24 hours, the water flow has come down below the danger line due to the subsidence of the upstream waves.  Flood situation has improved in Lalmonirhat.

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