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Flood disrupts 512km of road communications in Sylhet

  • Published at 02:52 pm August 31st, 2020
Caption, This year's flood severely damaged roads in Sylhet and disrupted communication, Dhaka Tribune
This year's flood severely damaged roads in Sylhet and disrupted communication Dhaka Tribune

There are about 7,000km of roads under LGED in Sylhet

Floods have disrupted communications in Sylhet as 512 kilometres of roads have been inundated in several areas of the district causing immense suffering to people.

According to Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) sources, the first two phases of floods damaged some roads in three upazilas of the district. Later, roads in nine upazilas were damaged in the third phase of floods. In all, 512km of roads were damaged in the entire district.

There are about 7,000 km of roads under LGED in Sylhet.

Besides, roads and highways under the Department of Roads and Highways (RHD) have also been damaged. However, the concerned officials have claimed that these roads have already been repaired.

Ritesh Barua, executive engineer of RHD Sylhet, also said the floods did not cause much damage to roads and highways under RHD. However, immediate repairs have been made.

The three phases of floods have damaged 165 km of roads in Gowainghat  upazila. Among them, there are also several main roads. The road from Gowainghat-Radhanagar, Gowainghat-Sonarhat, Gowainghat-Salutikar and Sylhet Sadar upazila to Jaflong via Radhanagar have also collapsed.

Road communications have been severely damaged in Companiganj, Jointapur,  Kanaighat, and Zakiganj upazilas.

Recently, locals of the areas have brought out a procession demanding immediate repairs of the damaged roads.

Abdul Malik, a resident of Gowainghat, said they have to suffer a lot as roads have been damaged completely in the upazila.

Local journalist Emdadur Rahman Milad said maximum roads in Biswanathpur have been washed away due to heavy floods. 

The authorities have not taken steps to repair the roads though locals urged them several times.

 If the authorities do not take quick steps, locals will go for tough action, he said.   

Abdul Latif, executive engineer of LGED Sylhet, said a list of flood-damaged roads has been prepared and sent to higher authorities. 

“Some roads have been prepared for traffic movement. Rest of the roads will be repaired after allocation of money. Besides, many roads could not be repaired due to corona,” he added.

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