Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

Flood situation worsens in parts of Sylhet, improves in Kurigram

The flood situation has worsened in some parts of Sylhet while it improved in Kurigram.

In Sylhet, the flood situation in some parts of the district has worsened, with the rise in water levels of the Kushiara river in the past 48 hours, officials have said.

According to the local Water Development Board, the Kushiara was flowing above the danger level at various points on Friday morning.

Zakiganj, Beanibazar, Gopalganj, Phenchuganj, Osmaninagar, Biswanath, South Surma of Sylhet, Borolekha, Kulaura, Rajnagar, Juri, and Jagannathpur of Sunamganj have been inundated by the waters of the Kushiara.

On the other hand, flood waters have receded in many areas of the district, including Sylhet city, officials said.

Although the water levels in the Surma river have decreased in the last four days, it was still flowing above the danger mark till Friday morning.

Sylhet City Corporation chief engineer Nur Azizur Rahman said that relief materials have been distributed among the flood-hit people. "Ward councillors are coordinating the distribution."

Meanwhile, a sexagenarian went missing in floods in Jagannathpur of Sunamganj on Friday.

Jagannathpur police station officer-in-charge Mizanur Rahman said, "Efforts are on to rescue the elderly citizen."

The record-breaking floods were caused by the onrush of hilly waters from neighbouring India and heavy downpours that inundated several areas of the district, affecting over 50 lakh people.

The flood survivors have been shifted to more than 1,000 shelters across Sylhet.  

Some 48 people have died in flood-hit Sylhet so far, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

In Kurigram, the water levels in the flood-hit district have started receding, officials said on Friday.

While the Teesta and the Dharla are flowing below the danger mark, the Brahmaputra is still flowing at 5cm above the red level at Chilmari point, according to the Kurigram Water Development Board.

With floodwaters receding, the miseries of the residents of the char areas in the district have increased.

According to district administration sources, 328 educational institutions have been shut for a week due to the ongoing floods.

Besides, crops on 15,800 hectares of land have been damaged due to the floods.

In many areas, the flood survivors are crying for relief. Apart from facing food crisis, they need pure drinking water, fuel and fodder.

Many in remote areas have complained of not getting relief. People's representatives said it was not possible to reach everyone as relief was not commensurate with the demand.

Sadar Upazila Panchgachhi UP chairman Abdul Baten said that at least 5,000 poor families in his union were affected by the floods, "but so far, they have got nine metric tonnes of rice as relief. “Only 900 families can be provided with 10 kgs of rice.”

However, Kurigram deputy commissioner Mohammad Rezaul Karim claimed there was adequate relief for the flood survivors. "Everyone will get relief in phases."