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Thousands marooned as Teesta, Dharla cross danger mark

Several hundreds of thousands of people have been left marooned in chars and river basins in Lalmonirhat as the waters of Teesta and Dharla rivers crossed the danger level due to incessant rains and an onrush of water from upstream India.

According to the officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and district administrations, the water level of Teesta River at Teesta Barrage point in Dowani area of Hatibandha upazila is flowing 27 cm above the danger level, while Dharla river at Shimulbari point in Lalmonarhat Sadar upazila is flowing 21 cm above the danger level from 6am on Thursday.
The water level of Dharla River in Kurigram is also rising and flowing 5 cm above the danger level at Dharla Bridge point since 6am, BWDB said.

Many flood victims took shelter on the flood control embankment with domestic animals including poultry birds and other belongings.

Mizanur Rahman Mizan, executive engineer of Lalmonirhat Water Development Board, said the Aman paddy and vegetable fields, roads and homesteads went under the water as the water level of Teesta and Dharla Rivers is rising.