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Water level in major rivers rises in Gaibandha

GAIBANDHA, Aug 12, 2017 (BSS) - Water level in all the major rivers flowing through the district rose sharply in last 24 hours till this morning 9 am due to incessant rain and onrush of hilly water from the upstream.

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) office sources said the water level of the Brahmaputra increased by 60 cm, the Teesta by 46 cm, Karotoa by 90 cm and the Ghagot by 63 cm during the period.

The Brahmaputra at Fulchharighat point was flowing 28 cm, the Teesta at Sundarganj point 75 cm. the Karotoa at Katakhali point 134 cm and the Ghagot at New Bridge Road point 48 cm below their respective danger levels.

With the rise of water level in the rivers, the low lying areas of the chars and the Brahmaputra river basin under Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari and Shaghata have been inundated making the chars and river basin people worried.

M. Mahbubur Rahman, executive engineer of BWDB, said 251 mm rainfall was recorded in last three days till this morning 9 am and if the Brahmaputra and the Ghagot rivers continued to mark rise due to rain, the rivers would cross its danger level very soon.

As the rivers are in rising trend, the officials and the employees had been kept alert so that none could cause damage to the flood control embankments to inundate fresh areas of the main land.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Gautam Chandra Pal said they were watching the situation closely and always keeping communication with the local public representatives, elite, and journalists about the flood situation.

The district and the upazila administration are fully ready to face the flood situation in the district as they had sufficient relief materials and cash in stock side by side with getting flood shelter centres ready, the DC added.