Heavy rains and upstream floods have increased the water level of various rivers and flooded rural roads, including some low-lying and char areas in Rangpur division
The water of the River Teesta was flowing at 22 cm above the danger level on Thursday noon, which was 27 cm above the danger level at 6 am on the day, due to heavy rains and onrush of upstream water.
The Water Development Board has kept all of the 44 gates of the barrage opened to control the situation at the Dalia point of the river in Nilphamari.
Robiul Islam, executive engineer of the Dalia Water Development Board, said heavy rains and upstream floods have increased the water level of various rivers and flooded rural roads, including some low-lying and char areas.
Locals said 10,000 families in 20 villages of different unions – Purbachhatnai, Tepakharibari, Khalishachapani, Jhunagachachapani, and Paschimchhatnai – surrounded by rivers in Dimla upazila of the district are at risk of flooding as the Teesta water flows over the danger zone. The families of these villages have been kept on alert.
Ahsan Habib, the executive engineer of the Rangpur Water Development Board, said people in the districts and upazilas were warned to stay safe as the water level rose every day.
As a result of the increase in the water level of the barrage point in Dalia, the ordinary people are suffering a little due to the infiltration of water in the lower and char areas of four districts of Rangpur division – Nilphamari, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and some parts of Rangpur district.
Some parts of Kaunia, Gangachara, Pirgachha, and Mithapukur in Rangpur are being flooded. As a result, the roads, croplands, and houses in the area are flooded, and people are suffering.
Dulal Mia of Lakshmitari union in Gangachara upazila of Rangpur said the river water has been rising and falling for about two months. Thousands of people are suffering as a result. Erosion occurs as the water recedes. On the one hand, the people of this area have suffered due to the destruction of houses and crops.
Rangpur Deputy Commissioner Asif Ahsan said the upazila nirbahi officers are cooperating by listing the victims. The people of char areas, who are trapped in water, are being provided relief.