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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2647

Rivers in the northern Bamgladesh poses threat due to a steep rise of water levels

M.A Qader- Reporting from Bangladesh

Dhaka, 18 August (Asantribune.com): The Surma and Teesta rivers’ water levels in the northern region of the country have risen above danger levels after prolonged rainfall in the upstream areas.

The Surma in Sunamganj rose on Monday spilling over low-lying regions of Doarabazar upazila of Sunamganj district.

Sunamganj Water Development Board officials said water levels at Shologhar point were now flowing 34cm above the danger mark.

"If water levels continue to rise, there will be widespread flooding," an engineer said.

Water levels of the Teesta River was flowing an average of 15 cm over the red mark, while 22 other rivers in northern districts were also have recorded above danger levels.

Large tracts of lands in Nilphamari district have gone under water after non-stop rainfall over the last four days, the local media reported.

Homesteads in Nilphamari Sadar, Domar, Dimla, Jaldhaka, Kishoreganj and Syedpur upazilas have been inundated following a record 513mm of rainfall over the last four days, say officials.

The unrelenting rain has left other rural communities totally isolated due to the condition of muddy unpaved roads.

Floodwater has also entered hundreds of low-lying homes in Niphamari district town, said local authorities.

Fish stocks have been lost from many ponds in the area; while in Aman rice have been planted in around 50,000 acres of land and have been partially submerged. Farmers are also facing difficulties in finding fodder for their livestock.

Every year, many parts of the country go under water pushing thousands of people into acute trouble, as water levels of most rivers in the country go above danger marks.

- Asian Tribune -

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