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Floods as Teesta water flows over danger mark Floods
Collected About one thousand families have been stranded due to rising Teesta water

Floods as Teesta water flows over danger mark

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 09 Jul 2021, 11:48 am

Dhaka, July 9: The water level in the upper reaches of the Teesta is rising and flowing 20 cm over the danger mark. The Teesta water level has risen sharply since Thursday afternoon, causing floods in the Teesta char region. Besides, the residents have left their houses in the char areas and taken shelter in high places.

All the gates have been opened to protect the barrage. Earlier at 6 pm, the water of Teesta River was flowing at 6 cm below the danger level at Teesta Barrage Point located at Doani in Lalmonirhat district.

At 9.30 pm, the water level was recorded at 52.60 cm, which is flowing at 20 cm above the danger level (normal 52.60 cm). 44 gates have been opened to protect the barrage.

Last Tuesday (July 6) the water level of the Teesta River was 25 cm below the danger level and on Wednesday (July 7) it was 30 cm below.

On July 4, the water level of the Teesta River rose and was 8 cm below the danger level due to rains and upstream hills. This flooded the villages around Teesta. If the water decreases from the next day, the situation becomes normal.

Abdul Latif Khan, chairman of East Chhatnai Union Parishad (UP) in Dimla upazila of Nilphamari, said the Teesta river started rising on Thursday morning. The water rises rapidly from the afternoon. As a result, about a thousand families of Swar and Purba Chhatnai villages of Jharsingh of the union have been flooded.

Chairman of Tepakharibari Union Md. Moinul Haque said that when the water of Teesta started flowing over the danger zone after evening, it flowed over 20 cm at 9 pm. The water continues to rise. The Teesta water is flowing at high speed due to the flood upstream of Gajoldoba Barrage in India.

Abdullah Al Mamun, executive engineer in charge of the Dalia region of the Water Development Board, said the Teesta water was hitting the Teesta Danti dam at a place called Dauabari. Sandbags are being thrown there. All (44) gates of Teesta Barrage have been kept open to keep the situation normal.

Meanwhile, houses in the lower reaches of the Teesta have been flooded due to rising water levels in the Teesta Barrage area.