Water level in all the major rivers except the Teesta flowing through the district rose sharply in last 24 four hours till this morning due to on rush of hilly waters from the upstream and incessant rain creating flood like situation here.
Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) sources said the water level in the Brahmaputra rose by 19 cm, the Karatoa 19 cm and the Ghagot 25 cm while the Teesta decreased by 16 cm during the period.
Of the rivers, the Ghagot was flowing 24 cm over its danger mark at new bridge point of the district town while the Brahmaputra at Fulchharighat point was flowing 19 cm. The Teesta at Sundarganj point was flowing 122 cm while the Karatoa at Katakhali bridge point was flowing 205 cm below its respective danger levels.
With the rise of water levels in those rivers, the low lying areas particularly the chars in Sundarganj Upazila, Sadar Upazila, Fulchhari Upazila and Saghata Upazila were inundated, creating untold sufferings to the victims.
Due to the inundation, hundreds of people have been marooned at different places of those Upazilas and they have been passing their days with their domestic animals in much trouble for want of food and drinking water.
Apart from this, the standing crops particularly jute and summer vegetables like chili, brinjal, balsam apple, cucumber, kidney bean, lady’s finger, parble, pumpkin and snake gourd went under the flood water.
To help mitigate the sufferings of the flood victims, the government distributed 40 metric tons of rice and taka 40,000 to the affected people in the last few days through district and Upazila administrations.
Talking to journalists executive engineer of BWDB Abdul Awal said, as the water level of all the major rivers are in a rising trend, the officials and the employees have been kept alert so that no one could cause damage to the flood control embankment to inundate fresh areas.
Besides, a control room opened last month to receive information regarding flood situation for helping people, he added.