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Brahmaputra, Ghagot cross danger level in Gaibandha

GAIBANDHA, AUGUST 13, 2017 (BSS) - Water level of the mighty river Brahmaputra and the Ghagot crossed their respective danger marks last night inundating Chars and river basin areas of the district.

According to sources water levels of all the major rivers including the Brahmaputra and the Ghagot flowing through the district rose sharply in last 24 hours till Sunday 9 am due to incessant rain and onrush of hilly waters from the upstream.

The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) here said the water level in the Brahmaputra rose by 57 cm, the Ghagot 56 cm, the Karatoa 84 cm and the Teesta 50 cm during the period.

Of them, the Brahmaputra was flowing 29 cm above its danger level at
Fulchharighat point of the district while the Ghagot was flowing 08 cm over the danger mark at New Bridge Road point of the district town.

On the other hand, the Karotoa was flowing 194 cm below the danger level at Katakhali Bridge of Gobindaganj upazila and the Teesta 25 cm below the danger mark at Sundarganj point of the district.

With the rise of water level in the Brahmaputra River, the river basin areas of Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari and Saghata upazila had been inundated and the standing crops went under flood waters.

Executive Engineer of BWDB Mahbubur Rahman said as the Brahmaputra was flowing over its danger mark, the officials and the employees had been kept alert and vigil there to protect the 78 km-embankment from any kind of destruction.

As the Ghagot was also flowing over its danger level, security measures had also been tightened at the town protection embankment so that any vested quarters could not cut it to create immense sufferings of the Gaibandha municipality, he also said.

Talking to the BSS Deputy Commissioner Goutam Chandra Pal said the
district administration had got ready with relief materials and manpower to address the flood situation in the district.

In reply to a query, the DC also said all the 82 flood shelter centres had been kept ready for the flood victims of Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari and Shaghata upazilas of the district.