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23 villages submerged in Teesta basin

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A Correspondent
Lalmonirhat: More than 10,000 people of 23 villages in the char areas of Teesta and Dharala rivers have been submerged by flood water following onrush of water from upstream hilly areas.
The trans-boundary Teesta River was flowing 8 cm above the danger level at Doyani point on Tuesday morn-ing.
The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said the situation became worsened as India had opened maximum sluice-gates of the Gazaldoba barrage.
"Now, water is entering Bangladesh with a heavy pace," they added.
Villages including Dahagram and Angarpota, Saniajan of Hatibandha, Gaddimari, Singimari,Cinduna, Patika-para and Dowabari union of Patgram upazila, Parshabati of Kaliganj upazila and Aminganj ofBariatiof Ad-itmari upazila are the worse affected, according to the BWDB officials.
Meanwhile, 44 gates of the Teesta Barrage have been opened to control the flow of water.
Besides, the temporary embankments in Dhurni village of Hatibandha upazila are also now at risk, they said.
"If the onrush continues, water may submerge the town as well," locals said.
The water level started to rise from Monday morning and the condition is being worsened gradually, they add-ed.
BWDB Executive Engineer Rafiqul Alam Chowdhury of Teesta Barrage Irrigation Project said the situation will be worsened more if the onrush of water from upstream hilly areas continues.