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Teesta floods 15 villages, people marooned

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Nilphamari: The water flow of the river Teesta rose sharply due to heavy downpour and onrush of hill water inundating 15 villages in two upazilas of the district in the last couple of days.

The inundation has left more than 1,000 families in the 15 villages of Dimla and Jaldhaka upazilas surrounding the river stranded.

However, the water flow of the Teesta has shown a downward trend as the river was flowing 23cm above the danger level on Thursday while it came down to 20cm on Friday evening and was flowing 8cm above the danger mark on Saturday evening.

Sources at the Water Development Board, Dinajpur, said all the 44 sluice gates of the Teesta barrage have been kept open to cope with the situation.

Ramjan Ali, a member of no-4 ward of Khalisha Chapani union under Dimla upazila, said Teesta water has submerged some villages, including West Baishpukur, East Baishpukur and Chotokhata in the upazila.

People were seen wading through knee-to waist-deep water.

Rabiul Islam Lifan, Khagakharibari union chairman in Dimla upazila, said 300 families of the union have remained stranded for the deluge caused by the rain-fed Teesta.

Besides, 700 families of 15 villages, including East Chatnai, Tepakharibari, Khagakharibari-Goyabari, Khalisha Chapani and Jhunagach Chapani of Dimla upazila and Dauabari-Shoulmari and Koimari union in Jaldhaka upazila were marooned, he added.

Rabiul Islam Shaheen, chairman of Tepakharibari union parishad, said several hundred people of Charkharibari, North-Kharibari and East-Kharibari villages under the union also lay stranded for the flooding.