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Flash floods hit Sylhet

A street inundated by floodwater hamper road communication in Sunamganj town on Saturday, June 27, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Without an improvement in weather condition soon, the flood situation will continue to worsen in haor areas

Incessant rain and onrush of water from upstream have triggered flash floods in the low-lying areas of Sylhet and Sunamganj under Sylhet division.

In Sylhet, low-lying areas of four upazilas were inundated due to heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours.

The Meteorological Department in Sylhet said 107mm of rainfall was reordered in the last 24 hours. The rain may continue through this week, it added.

Several villages in Jaintiapur, Gowainghat, Companiganj, and Kanaighat upazilas have been inundated by the upstream water flows following the downpour.

As of 12 pm on Saturday, the Surma Rivers was flowing 40cm above the danger mark at Kanaighat point while the Kushiyara River was flowing very close to the danger line, said the local hydrology department.

Meanwhile, the flash flood has rendered hundreds of thousands of people waterlogged and without access to drinking water. All roads except the Dhaka-Companiganj-Bholaganj Highway have been inundated in knee-deep floodwater.

Sylhet Disaster Management and Relief Officer Md Ershad Miya said the government has taken all-out measures to tackle the flood situation. “Shelter centres and relief materials are kept at the ready.”

Meanwhile in Sunamganj, the Surma River was at 46cm above the danger mark at Sholaghar point in the town, while the Jadukata River was flowing at 56cm above the danger mark in Bishwamvarpur upazila on Saturday morning, confirmed Sabibur Rahman, executive engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) in Sunamganj.

As a result, areas in the municipality, including Nabinagar, Sholaghar, Kazir point, Pashchimbazar, Ukilpara, Shantibag, and Jagannathbari remained waterlogged.

The flash flood also triggered river erosion in many parts of Sunamganj Sadar, Dowarabazar, Shulla, and Chhatak upazila, the BWDB official said.

In the last 24 hours, 190mm of rainfall was recorded in Sunamganj. Without an improvement in weather condition, the flood situation will continue to worsen in haor areas including Tahirpur, Bishwamvarpur, Jamalganj, and Dharmapasha upazila, he added.

Sunamganj Deputy Commissioner Md Abdul Ahad said: “In order to deal with the flood situation, control rooms have been opened in the district. Upazila administrations are constantly monitoring water levels. Meanwhile, shelter centres and relief materials are kept ready.”

Two people drown

Two people, including a child, drowned as their boat sank due to strong winds in the Kalni River in Sunamganj’s Derai upazila on Saturday morning, 

Identities of the deceased are yet to be determined, said Derai police station Officer-in-charge (OC) KM Nazrul Islam.

An engine-run boat with two passengers left the dock and was heading to Markuli Bazar in Derai upazila. But, as the boat sank in the Kalni River due to strong winds, the boatmen managed to swim ashore, but the two unidentified passengers drowned. Locals later recovered their bodies.

Thousands waterlogged as Teesta overflows in Rangpur

Thousands of families continue to remain waterlogged in Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Kurigram, and Thakurgaon under Rangpur division with the Teesta, Dharla, and Brahmaputra rivers still above its danger marks.

According to Rangpur Water Development Board (WDB) sources, water levels of the major rivers and tributaries may continue to rise during the next few days in the Brahmaputra basin.

The Teesta continued to flow 20cm above the danger mark at Dalia point in Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat, while Dharla rose to 43cm above the danger mark at Bridge point in Kurigram and the Brahmaputra to 38cm above the danger mark at Chilmari point in Kurigram on Saturday.

Executive engineer of the Teesta Barrage division of WDB Md Rabiul Islam said all 44 gates of the Teesta Barrage were opened at Dalia point in Nilphamari to control the upstream water.

The overflow of water has damaged crops and seedbeds of Aman paddy. Fish farmers have also been severely affected as the fish were released from the ponds because of the flooding. Moreover, domestic animals have also been affected and farmers are trying their best to get their cattle to higher grounds.

Our correspondents Ariful Islam, Kurigram, Taieyb Ali Sarkar, Nilphamari, Moazzem Hossain, Lalmonirhat, and Zakir Mostafiz Milu, Thakurgaon contributed to this report