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Many houses at Bhandabari village in Nilphamari were submerged due to rise in water level in Teesta river.

Flood situation in 5 northern dists of BD worsens

WT24 Desk
The overall flood situation in five northern districts — Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Bogra, Sirajganj and Kurigram –- has worsened due to incessant rain and onrush of water from the upstream. According to reports reaching the UNB news desk, nearly 500 houses of 10 unions in three upazilas of Gaibandha -– Sundarganj, Fulchhari and Sadar — have been inundated by flood water due to surging water in the Teesta and Jamuna rivers.Locals said the road communication got snapped with 20 villages following the collapse of a bridge in Sundarganj. Jute, paddy and vegetable fields of the three upazilas were also submerged by flood water. Sources at the local Water Development Board (WDB) office said the water level of the Brahmaputra River rose by 15 cm while that of the Ghaghot River by 1cm in the last 24 hours.

In Nilphamari, 600 feet of an under-construction dam has been collapsed at Suparitari Sotokhata in Dimla upazila due to water level rise in the Teesta River. Twenty-five villages under Dimla and Jaldhaka upazilas have been flooded.

In Sirajganj, erosion is taking place in Chauhali upazila of the district along the banks of the Jamuna due to its surging water, devouring 20 km areas from Boalkandi to Pathrail since Friday night. At least 500 houses and six educational institutions of the upazila went into the gorge of the river.

In Bogra, at least 15 villages of the Sariakandi and Dhunot upazilas have been submerged following the collapse of an under-construction dam at Godakhali in Sariakandi upazila. The Jamuna is now flowing 4cm above its danger level in the district.

In Kurigram, some 100 villages and small chars of the Teesta-Dharla-Dudhkumar-Brahmaputra river system have been inundated, inflicting sufferings on the villagers.

Kurigram WBD executive engineer Mahfuzur Rahman said the water level of the Brahmaputra rose by 42cm, while that of the Teesta by 19cm and that of Dudhkumar by 15cm in the last 24 hours. About 3,000 hectares of crop fields, while fish of nearly 300 ponds of the area were washed way by the flood water, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), UNB reports.

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