Red alert issued in Teesta barrage area over flood fearing...

Dhaka, Wednesday   01 December 2021

Red alert issued in Teesta barrage area over flood fearing

 Nilphamari Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 06:25 PM, 20 October 2021  

Red alert issued in Teesta barrage area over flood fearing

Red alert issued in Teesta barrage area over flood fearing

India has opened all 44 gates of Teesta Barrage at Ghazaldoba due to heavy rains and upstream slopes. This has affected the Teesta riverine areas of Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat and Rangpur districts of Bangladesh. The Water Development Board has issued a red alert in the Teesta Basin asking people to evacuate safely.

Even after opening 44 gates of Teesta Barrage, it is not possible to handle water. It is feared that the flood water will inundate low-lying areas like Burimari, Patgram, Hatibandha of Lalmonirhat district, and Nilphamari district.

Nurul Islam, a water measurer at Dalia Water Development Board's flood forecasting and warning center, said the Teesta River flowed 50 centimeters above the danger level at Dalia Point in Nilphamari from 6am on Wednesday. Which increased by 10 cm at 9 am and is flowing over 60 cm above the danger level now. Crops on both sides of the river have been submerged by the strong current.

Abdul Latif Khan, chairman of Purbachhatnai union in Dimla upazila of Nilphamari, said the right bank of the Teesta and Groen dam at Zero Point in the area was under threat. Water is flowing especially over the Groen dam. If the dam collapses, hundreds of houses in the area, including the right bank embankment, will be inundated.

Tepakharibari UP chairman Moinul Haque said Teesta Bazar, Telirbazar, Dolapara and Charkharibari areas were submerged. Char croplands are all underwater. People have left their homes and moved safely with their cattle.

It is learned that 50,000 families in 22 chars of Dimla and Jaldhaka Upazilas of Nilphamari have been flooded. People of Hatibandha, Patgram Kaliganj and many villages on the banks of Teesta in Aditmari upazila of Lalmonirhat have been flooded. About half a kilometer of the newly constructed dam has been washed away by the rapid flow of Teesta water at Binbina Char in Kolkonda Union of Gangachara Upazila in Rangpur. Fields of various crops have been submerged and houses and roads of several villages have been flooded.

Dalia Water Development Board executive engineer Ashfauddaula Prince said the situation on the Teesta River downstream was dire. The water is not being handled even after opening 44 water gates of Teesta Barrage. We are doing research in different places. The situation has worsened. The flood fuse of Teesta Barrage may blow at any time. We have issued a red alert in the Teesta Basin asking people to take shelter safely.

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