Sylhet’s low-lying areas submerged by flash flood

Our Correspondent

2 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

SYLHET: Low-lying areas in Sylhet, Sherpur and Sunamganj districts have been flooded due to downhill onrush of water and heavy rainfall for the last couple of days, causing immense sufferings to local people.

In Sylhet, many parts of roads, houses, seedbeds and schools in Goainghat, Jointapur and Companiganj upazilas went under water due to the flash floods.

Rivers in the area were flowing above their danger level, leaving several hundred people of the three upazilas marooned. Road communication with many villages remained snapped while people were suffering from acute shortage of pure drinking water.

Around 10,000 people in haor area of Goainghat upazila have been living under water in the past three days. In some areas, people were seen using boats for commuting.

In Jointapur upazila, the Sari and Boro Noyanga rivers were flowing 59 cm above the danger level, rendering hundreds of people marooned.

In Sherpur, the low-lying areas of the district also flooded due to the heavy rains and onrush of hill water.

Besides, the waters of Bhogai, Chellakhali, Someshwari, Moharashi were flowing above the danger marks.

The Jhenaigati bazar and Upazila Parishad premises were submerged. People have been forced to live indoors as all the low-lying areas were flooded.

The Shimultoli embankment along Bhogai river has been damaged, inundating many areas including Madhyabazar in municipality, Jailkhana Road, Uttar Garkanda, Nalitabari union.

Alamgir Hossain, an official of Chellakhali Water Development Board, said “I have not seen such rains in the past few years.”

The fish enclosures in Jhenaigati upazila have been washed away. In many areas, people have to wade through knee-deep water.

In Sunamganj, communication on Tahirpur-Bishwambhorpur-Sunamganj road in Bishwambharpur upazila remained suspended as the road went under water.

The water level of Jadukata river has increased in the past 24 hours, worsening the flood situation.

Some 30,000 people have been marooned while a vast tract of cropland was submerged, with aman seedbeds inundated.