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Sylhet flood: 7 lakh people stranded amid continuous rain

Published : Wednesday, 19 June, 2024 at 9:28 PM  Count : 418

Photo: The photo was taken from the Shibganja area on Sylhet-Tamabil highway on Monday morning

Photo: The photo was taken from the Shibganja area on Sylhet-Tamabil highway on Monday morning

Nearly seven lakh people in the Sylhet metropolitan area and throughout the district have been stranded as continuous heavy rainfall over the past three days has worsened the flood situation in Sylhet for the second time in just 20 days. .

In the metropolitan area, 50,000 people across 21 wards have been affected by flooding, according to Sylhet district administration sources.

Sylhet experienced the first phase of flooding on May 27, affecting approximately seven lakh people across all upazilas. The water had not fully receded when heavy rainfall and hill torrents hit again on June 15, worsening the situation by Eid day (June 17).

Heavy rainfall on Eid-ul-Azha morning was briefly followed by a recession, but rain resumed from Tuesday dawn, causing significant overflows in all rivers and streams in Sylhet. On Eid day, water levels were above danger points at two river locations. By Tuesday morning, water levels at four rivers were above danger points at six locations.

This morning, water was flowing above danger levels at six points of three rivers.

The Water Development Board in Sylhet reported that by 9 am on Wednesday, the Surma River at Kanaighat point was 91 cm above danger levels. At another point in Sylhet, it was 31 cm above the danger level. The Kushiyara River was 46 cm above danger level at Amalshid, 92 cm above at Fenchuganj and 12 cm above at Sherpur point.

According to the district administration, 675,937 people in 13 upazilas, including Sylhet metropolitan area, have been stranded till midnight.

Of them, 50,000 people of 21 wards out of 42 in Sylhet metropolitan area are stranded.

A total of 627 shelter centres have been opened in the district. Of these, 80 are in the metropolitan areas. A total of 17,285 people have taken shelter in these centres. However, most people are not willing to leave their homes and go to shelters.

A total of 1,323 villages in 13 upazilas of the district have been inundated. The worst affected are: Gowainghat, Jaintapur, Golapganj, Companiganj, Kanaighat, Zakiganj, Biswanath and Osmaninagar upazilas.

Low-lying areas of the city are particularly hard-hit, with Shahjalal suburb completely submerged and water reaching neck level in many homes. Other severely affected areas include Jatrapur, Mendibagh, Shibganj, Raingar, Sobhanighat, Kalighat, Kamalgarh, Machimpur, Taltala, Jamtola, Kajirbazar, Madina Market, Akhaliya, and Mezortil. Several important roads in the city are also flooded.

From 6 am Tuesday to 6 am Wednesday, the Sylhet Meteorological Office recorded 100 mm of rainfall and 55 mm from 6 am to 9 am today.

Moreover, the Met office forecasted continuous heavy rainfall for the next three days.

The district administration is actively working to rescue stranded individuals and has set up control rooms at the district collector's office and upazila executive offices to monitor the flood situation. Dedicated officers have been appointed in each upazila, and medical teams have been formed at union levels to provide health services to flood victims.

If the heavy rainfall persists, the flood situation in Sylhet is expected to deteriorate further.

Meanwhile, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md Mohibbur Rahman, accompanied by the ministry's officials, saw the flood-hit areas from a helicopter in the morning. He is scheduled to leave Sylhet for Dhaka by this afternoon.


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