Teesta crosses danger mark as major rivers rising in B’putra basin

The Teesta crossed danger mark at Dalia pointin Nilphamari today as major rivers are in rising trend amid possibility ofheavy monsoon rains and onrush of water from upstream in the Brahmaputrabasin during the next 48 hours. “With sharp rise in water level, the Teesta was flowing 19cm above its dangermark at Dalia point at 6 pm today,” said Superintending Engineer for RangpurCircle of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) Engineer Md Ahsan Habib. Besides, the Dudhkumar crossed the danger mark at Pateshwari point inNageshwari upazila of Kurigram and was flowing above the danger mark by 8cmthere at 9 am today inundating some low-lying riverine char areas. Some low-lying and char areas of several upazilas in Nilphamari and adjoiningRangpur and Lalmonirhat districts went under floodwaters as the Teesta rivercrossed its danger mark this evening. The BWDB official said water levels of major rivers marked rises followingonrush of huge water amid heavy monsoon rains from upper catchment in Indiain the basin during the last 24 hours till at 9 am today. The rising trend in water levels of major rivers might continue during thenext 24 hours and the Dharla may also cross the danger mark in the next 24hours. “There is a chance of heavy rainfall in the northern and adjoining upstreamregions in next 24 hours and the Upper Kartoa, Upper Atrai, Punarbhaba,Kulikh and Tangon rivers may rise rapidly at times in the basin,” a bulletinissued by the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC) of the BWDB saidhere today. In the next 24 hours, the Teesta at Dalia point may rise to furtherdeteriorate the flood situation in low-lying areas of Lalmonirhat andNilphamari and the Dharla at Kurigram and Dudhkumar at Pateshwari point mayflow close to their respective danger marks. During the past 24 hours till 9am, 203mm rainfall was recorded atCherrapunji, 152mm at Siliguri, 95mm at Pasighat and 38mm at Jalpaiguripoints of the northwestern Indian states in the upstream. Besides, 155mm rainfall was recorded at Pateswari in Kurigram and 53mm atPanchagarh monitoring points of the BWDB during the same period. Due to huge onrush of water from the upstream, water levels of the Dharlarose by 13cm at Kurigram, Ghaghot by 16cm at Gaibandha, Brahmaputra rose by23cm at Noonkhawa, 20cm at Hatia and 17cm at Chilmari points during the last24 hours till 9am today. Besides, water levels of the river Jamuna rose by 20cm at Fulchhari, 17cm atShaghata, 19cm at Bahadurabad, 20cm at Sariakandi, 22cm at Kazipur and 19cmat Sirajganj points during the period. The Dharla was flowing 55cm below the danger mark at Kurigram, Brahmanpara68cm at Noonkhawa and 72cm at Chilmari and Ghagot 136cm below the dangermarks at Gaibandha points at 9 am. During the same period, the Jamuna was flowing 63cm below its danger mark atFulchhari in Gaibandha, 95cm at Shaghata, 67cm at Bahadurabad, 72cm atSariakandi in Bogura, 102cm at Kazipur and 73cm at Sirajganj points. BWDBs’ Superintending Engineer for Rangpur Circle Ahsan Habib said waterlevels of the Dharla, Dudhkumar, Teesta, Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers mightcontinue to rise further during the next 48 hours to cause a flood situationin the Brahmaputra basin. “We are closely monitoring the situation round the clock and ready to takeimmediate steps to repair any damages or breached flood control structures onan emergency basis anywhere in Rangpur division under the BWDB’s RangpurZone,” he said. “All flood control embankments and structures are remaining safe in theBWDB’s Rangpur zone,” Engineer Habib added. Rangpur Divisional Commissioner Md. Habibur Rahman said Deputy Commissioners,Upazila Nirbahi Officers, BWDB authorities, local monitoring committees andpublic representatives are closely observing the developing situation in theflood-prone areas. The Deputy Commissioners, Upazila Nirbahi Officers, BWDB authorities, localmonitoring committees and public representatives are closely observing thedeveloping situation in the flood-prone districts. “The district administrations and Bangladesh Water Development Board aretaking instant steps when and where necessary to face the possible floodsituation,” he added.

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