Teesta water inundated new areas, spar dam collapse fear

Due to heavy rainfall and upstream flow, the river water is flowing 13 cm below the tidal line at the Teesta barrage point. In this, the areas along Teesta and Dharla rivers, houses and roads have been submerged in water. Teesta dam is under threat. About 5000 families have become waterlogged in 5 upazilas of the district. Water is entering new areas.

At 9 am on Sunday (July 7), the Teesta barrage point recorded a flow of 52.02 cm, which is flowing 13 cm below the danger line. (Normal 52.15 cm). Earlier, at 6 am, Teesta water flowed down 12 cm.

Besides, the water of Dharla river is flowing 16 cm above the flood limit at Shimulbari point.

Teesta water inundated new areas, spar dam collapse fear

Meanwhile, Teesta river spur dam has collapsed at Mahishkhocha in Aditamari, Lalmonirhat. Attempts are being made to stop the collapse by dropping geo bags from the immediate poubo. Still thousands of families in Bhati area are in fear.

Apart from this, people on the banks of the river are spending sleepless nights due to water entering the lower areas in Sadar and Aditmari upazilas.

It has been found that due to the rise in the water level of Teesta and Dharlar rivers, the people living on the banks of the river have been suffering as the houses and roads of Char are submerged under the water in five upazilas of Lalmonirhat. Besides, they are in danger with cattle and poultry. About 5000 families have become watertight. Families are moving on banana rafts and boats. Many people spend their days eating dry food without being able to cook.

Hatibandha Upazila Project and Implementation Officer Maidul Islam said that work is underway to quickly repair the collapse that started on the Teesta Colony Dam, Barakhata and Hatibandha Bypass Roads in Gaddimari Union of the upazila.

Teesta water inundated new areas, spar dam collapse fear

Chairman of Sindurna Union Parishad of Hatibandha Upazila Ariful Islam Arif said that about 500 families have been waterlogged in three wards of the union. River erosion has also occurred.

Sunil Kumar, executive engineer of Paubo Lalmonirhat, said that the river water in this region may increase in the next 24 hours. As a result low-lying areas will be flooded. Emergency geo bags are being dropped in the collapsed area. We are constantly monitoring.

Lalmonirhat District Commissioner Mohammad Ullah said that upazila executive officers have been instructed to ask for the list of water-bound people.

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