Teesta’s water level flowing 28 cm above danger level
Published: 02:03 PM, 20 June 2022 Updated: 02:03 PM, 20 June 2022
Teesta Barrage Dalia Point in Hatibandha Upazila of Lalmonirhat; File Photo
The water level of the Teesta River is flowing 28 cm above the danger level. As a result, people on the banks of the Teesta River in Lalmonirhat are fearing “major floods”.
The water flow at Teesta Barrage Dalia Point in Hatibandha Upazila of Lalmonirhat, the largest irrigation project in the country, was recorded at 52.88 cm from 12 pm today, Monday (June 20) — which (normal 52.60 cm) is flowing over the danger zone of 28 cm.
Although the water level has been below the danger level since Monday morning, it has been flowing above the danger level since 9 am.
Nearly 5,000 families in 5 upazilas on the banks of Teesta River have been inundated due to increased water flow. Dahagram of Patgram Upazila, Saniajan of Hatibandha, Gaddimari, Sindurna, Patikapara, Singimari, Votmari of Kaliganj Upazila, Kakina, Mahishkhocha of Aditmari Upazila, Palashi, Khuniagach of Sadar Upazila, Rajpur, Gokunda of UP have around 5,000 families.
The Flood Warning Center claims that there is “no danger of a major flood in the Teesta”. The flow of water has increased due to upstream waves because of heavy rainfalls.
The water flow of Teesta water at Dalia Point will be reduced, claimed the Dalia branch of the Water Development.
Upazila Project Implementation Officer Ferdous Alam said people of the district have to suffer every year due to Teesta water. The district administration has asked the concerned union council to make a list of waterlogged families.
Asfa Ud Daula, an executive engineer of the Dalia branch of the Water Development Board, said the flow of Teesta water on the slopes of the upstream hills has been increasing since night. All the gates have been opened to protect the barrage. “However, when the flow of water in India decreases, the water of Teesta decreases,” he added.