RANGPUR, Sept 20, 2012 (BSS) - Sporadic erosion continues with ups and downs in water levels of the major rivers and tributaries during the past 24 hours till this morning in the Brahmaputra basin, local people and official sources said.
The Ghaghot was still flowing 67cm above its danger mark (DM) at Badarganj in Rangpur at 6am today following further rise by 9cm during the past 24 hours, officials in the Water Development Board (WDB) said.
Over 100 riverside houses at places in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Bogra and Sirajganj were devoured following continuous erosion of the Dharla, Teesta, Ghaghot, Brahmaputra and Jamuna during the last three days, local sources said.
Chairmen Sohrab Hossain of Ostomir Char union in Chilmari upazila and Ekramul Haque of Jhunagach Chapani union in Dimla upazila said the Brahmaputra and Teesta devoured over 50 houses with lands during last few days.
Similar reports of river erosion have been received from Aditmari and Hatibandha upazilas in Lalmonirhat, Sadar, Fulbari, Ulipur, Chilmari, Rajibpur and Roumari upazilas in Kurigram, Shaghata, Sundarganj and Fulchhari upazilas in Gaibandha and other areas.
The erosion situation along the riverside areas with unstable and sandy-soil texture remains under full control and close monitoring of erosion continues, Executive Engineers of WDB Jahirul Islam and Asafuddowla said.
According to the WDB sources, the Brahmaputra marked rise by 8cm at Noonkhawa and fall by 3cm at Chilmari during the past 24 hours and was flowing 51cm and 97cm below its respective DM at these points at 6am today.
The Jamuna marked fall by 8cm at Bahadurabad and rise by 2cm at Sirajganj during the period to flow 34cm and 52cm below its respective DM at these points today.
The Ghaghot marked fall by 8cm at Gaibandha, Dharla fell by
=2cm at Kurigram and Kartoa rose by 21cm at Chak Rahimpur during the period to flow 89cm, 61cm and 27cm below their respective DM this morning.
Besides, the Teesta marked falls by 10cm at Dalia and 20cm at Kawnia during the period and was flowing 40cm and 178cm below its respective DM at these points at 6am today.
The WDB recorded 124mm rainfalls at Rangpur, 110mm at Kawnia, 61.3mm at Dinajpur, 3mm at Kurigram and some drizzles at places during the past 24 hours ending at 6am today.