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India opens Ghazaldobar’s all gates; Teesta flowing above danger level

 Lalmonirhat Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:06 PM, 20 October 2021   Updated: 01:45 PM, 20 October 2021

Teesta water is above the danger level as 44 gates of Ghazaldobar in India have been opened

Teesta water is above the danger level as 44 gates of Ghazaldobar in India have been opened

India has opened all the gates of Ghazaldobar due to the upstream slope and heavy downpours, as a result, the water level of the Teesta River is rising rapidly. Water is flowing at 60 cm above the danger level at Dalia Point of Teesta Barrage.   

Tens of thousands of families have been waterlogged in the Teesta Char area of ​​three upazilas in Lalmonirhat since Wednesday morning. Several thousand hectares of paddy fields have been inundated. Roads are being washed away by water. Families have taken refuge in high places as water enters their homes. The Flat Bypass Road of Teesta Barrage is also under threat.

The water in Teesta was dried up and the char woke up in August and September. Due to opening the gates of Ghazaldobar, suddenly all drowned in the water. 

The people of the char region are in dire straits due to the increase in water in the month of Kartik (Bengali Calendar month).

According to the Water Development Board, the water level in the Teesta has risen to 52.70 cm at Dalia Point since Tuesday night — It was flowing at 53.20 cm at that point at 9 am on Wednesday – which is 60 cm above the danger line. The water level of the Teesta River is gradually increasing.   

Meanwhile, due to increase in Teesta water, about 10,000 families have been waterlogged as the water entered into the lowlands on the banks of the Teesta River in Dahagram of Patgram, Gaddimari of Hatibandha, Singamari, Sindurna, Patikapara, Dauabari, Votmari of Kaliganj upazila, Shailmari, Nohali and Char Bairati.

Mofizar Rahman, a member of Char Sindurna UP in Hatibanda Upazila, said such floods had not been seen in the dry season. Even two months ago, the river dried up, but today the areas were inundated. Many families have taken refuge in high places as water enters their homes.

Maidul Islam of Dahagram in Patgram upazila said that roads including paddy fields have been inundated due to the sudden rise in the water since last night.

Asfau Doula, an executive engineer of the Dalia Water Development Board, said the Teesta water was rising above the danger level of 60 cm due to the upstream slopes and heavy downpours in India. Besides, 44 gates of Ghazaldobar in India have been opened. As a result, the people of the Teesta area are being asked to take shelter in a safe place.

Lalmonirhat DC Abu Jafar said There are adequate food stocks for waterlogged families. The upazila administration has been asked to provide assistance to the flood-hit families. 

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