Thousands marooned in Sylhet region

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Sylhet, June 15: Thousands of people have been marooned as incessant rainfall for last few days coupled with onrush of hilly water triggered flooding in Goainghat, Kanaighat, Jakiganj and Jointapur upazilas of the district.The transportation remained shut as major roads went under water at different areas as water of Surma and Lobha River swelled up inundating Kanaighat town, UNB reports.

Most of the houses, business establishment and educational institutes were also flooded.

Several thousands of people have taken shelter at different shelter centres set up by the government. Relief materials have been given to the flood-hit people.

Santbak UP Chairman Mostak Ahmed Polash said almost all villages of the union were inundated by flood water.

Heavy rains flooded many low-lying areas in the district, leaving more than lakh people in Asampara haor, Sankibhanga haor, Jaflong Tea state in Alirgaon union, Nainda haor, Titkulli Haor, Bidhigaon, Kakunakhai, Khola, Sotipur hudpur, Kholagram, Noyakhel and Khompur marooned.

People were seen wading through knee-deep water on major roads while traffic remained suspended due to the flooding.

The onrush of hilly water damaged flood protection embankments in the districts worsening the flood situation. Thousands of people are facing a food and pure drinking water crisis.

In Baniabazar, the happiness of Eid faded away as three unions of the upazila went under water.

From Thursday morning water of Kushiara River swelled flooding Dubag, Shaola, Kurarbazar municipalities. People of the areas were suffering from lack of food, safe water and shelter.

Water of Kushiara River was flowing 90 centimeter above the danger level at Amalsid point, 96 cm above at Shaola point. The flood may follow at Muria, Mollapur, Tilpara and Mathiura unions in coming days.

Jaintapur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Bijan Kumar Singha said the condition of flood deteriorated as the water level of major rivers was persistently increasing.

“The district administration has been informed about the present situation and also urged for taking necessary steps in this regard,” he added.