Sudden flood in Teesta basin

Situation Report #15, 21 October 2021

Due to heavy rainfall in upstream regions of India, and in north western parts of Bangladesh, the water level of Teesta river has raised suddenly. This caused inundation in Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Rangpur and Kurigram districts. According to Flood forecasting and warning centre (FFWC), the water level of Teesta river will come down from today (21 October, 2021).

Current flood situation in northern areas
About ten thousand families are affected in 22 chars of Dimla (east chatonai, khogakhoribari, goyabari, tepakhoribari, khalishachapani, jhunagach chapani) and Joldhaka upazilla (Golmunda, Dauabari, shoilomari, koimari and other 10 unions) of Nilfamari. India is still maintaining Yellow alert from Doumohoni of India upto Bangladesh border.
As all 44 gates of Teesta barrage opened up to discharge the excessive cumulated water in the Teesta barrage, the low lying areas of Dimla subdistrict have been submerged under 5 to 7 feet of flood water. Flood water also engulfed 6 unions of Hatibandha as a spur collapsed. The flood bypass of Teesta barrage also damaged. Affected people had taken shelter in the embankment.

Possible Impact of this flood
The sudden discharge of the flood water can create –
• Crisis of safe drinking water.
• Sand cast on the agricultural fields.
• Food price may increase further.
• Risk of disease outbreak among the livestock population may increase.
• Crisis of fodder is already visible.
• Risk of RTI (Respiratory Tract Infection) may increase among the affected people especially children.
• Crisis of agricultural inputs.

Government and relevant agencies should focus their interventions on the above mentioned areas.

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