POST TIME: 20 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 June, 2018 11:51:29 PM
Thousands marooned in Sylhet

in Sylhet

Vehicles yesterday move slowly in a queue on a rundown road that has been battered by a flood at Kadamhata under Rajnagar Police Station in Moulvibazar district. People in the district have been suffering for days now as sudden onrush of flood waters inundated most of the upazilas in the district. Independent Photo

Some 40,000 residents of the district's Beanibazar upazila have been marooned in flashfloods amidst alarming rise of water levels in Surma, Kushiara and Sonai rivers, reports UNB from Sylhet. According to sources, at least four upazilas in the district have their communication system cut off from the rest of the country. Beanibazar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Kazi Arifur Rahman said breaching of dikes in the Kushiara River in five spots has increased the level of damage inflicted by the floods.

Hiron Mahmud, project implementation officer, said that no flood relief shelters have been established so far, but estimated that over 40,000 people have been marooned in the region. Paresh Chandra Das, local agriculture officer, said that Aus paddy in 940 hectares out of a total 2,327 hectares

of arable land has been damaged, causing an estimated loss of Tk 6.5 crore.

Upon investigation, it was found that the areas of Dubag Bazar, Mewa Point, Kakardia and others were inundated, alongside the upazila’s villages of Ramda, Sridhara, Chandgram, Tajpur and many more.

Meanwhile, Education Minister and local MP Nurul Islam Nahid visited the flooded areas in the region and distributed relief among the affected people.

Upazila administration sources said that 15 MT rice and 300 packets of dry food have already been distributed from their end, with many more to follow.

Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon also visited the flood-affected areas in Moulvibazar district and was reported to have distributed relief, accumulated from his personal fund and a locally-sourced aid fund.

He said that the government has enough aid materials for distribution and in their disaster management trust fund. The government has also taken steps for post-flood rehabilitation for everyone affected by the calamity.

Our Correspondent adds:  The flood situation is improving in Maulvibazar while the water level of the Manu

river is receding rapidly. It is now flowing at 180cm,

down to 29cm above its danger level (DL).

This has helped improve road communications, which had been snapped, in three upazilas.

Engineer Ranendra Shankar Chakravarti Partha told this correspondent that the rate at which the waters are receding indicates that the situation would improve soon.   

Road communication between Kamalganj and Sylhet, however, remains cut off, as the roads are under water. Water has entered the town’s three wards, submerging the Sylhet–Maulvibazar regional highway, and has also reached the Saifur Rahman Road. Now, with water retreating down this road, the regional highway to Sylhet is emerging out of the water. Officials believe that if the water retreats at the present rate, the road will be free of water in the next couple of days. The water, flowing down the upstream of the town, has flooded parts of the low-lying areas in Sadar upazila’s Amtali and Nazirabad unions.

Water had entered the town from the Manu in spate, breaching the embankment on the river. This has receded now, helping traffic resume on the heavily damaged road, which snapped communications between the town with the three upazilas. With the improvement in the flood situation, the 21 battalion of the Army Engineers has started working to restore the road to motorable condition.