Teesta flowing above danger level; red alert issued
Due to onrush of water from upstream and incessant rainfall, water of Teesta River is now flowing 25 centimetres above the danger level at Dowani Point in Lalmonirhat district on Friday.
Water Development Board (WDB) issued red alert in Teesta barrage and char areas as the overall flood situation worsened this evening.
Hafizur Rahman, deputy divisional engineer of Dalia BWDB, confirmed the matter, reports a Bangla online news portal.
Hafizur said water of Teesta River is flowing 25 centimetres above the danger level at Dowani Point while water level at Dalia Point of Teesta barrage is 52.95 centimetres.
The WDB official said water rise caused severe flood and river erosion. Over 100 families have become homeless in last two days' erosion of the river.
Local sources said around 25,000 people of the district are now passing days with great misery.
Water of Dharla river is also flowing 17 centimeters above danger level.
UNB adds: Embankments at Mohiskhocha in Aditmari upazila and Dhubni in Hatibanda upazila broke down following gushing water of the Teesta. Besides, the flood snapped communications in many areas as roads went under water.
The flood-affected unions in the five upazilas include Dahagram, Saniazan, Goddimari, Sindurna, Patikapara, Dauabari, Singimari, Bhotmari, Kakina, Mohishkhocha, Khuniyagachh, Rajpur, Gokunda, Kulaghata and Mogalhat.
The victims alleged that they were leading a miserable life for the last three days for want of any relief from the government.
Khadem Ali of Chhoyani village in Goddimari said they were yet to get any relief from anyone.
Deputy Commissioner Abu Jafar visited several flood-hit areas and allocated 68 tonnes of rice for the victims.
Meanwhile, the authorities concerned urged people living by the riverbanks to take shelter in safe places.