Flood situation of Sylhet

Flood situation worsens in parts of Sylhet. Kushiara River flowing above danger level at various points.

The flood situation in some parts of Sylhet has worsened, with water levels in the Kushiara River rising in the past 48 hours.

According to the local office of the Bangladesh Water Development Board, the Kushiara was flowing above the danger level at various points on Friday morning.

Zakiganj, Beanibazar, Gopalganj, Phenchuganj, Osmaninagar, Biswanath, South Surma of Sylhet, Borolekha, Kulaura, Rajnagar, Juri and Jagannathpur of Sunamganj have been inundated by Kushiara waters.

On the other hand, floodwaters have receded in many areas of the district, including Sylhet city, officials said.

Although the water levels in the Surma River have decreased in the last four days, it is still flowing above the danger mark as of Friday morning.

Sylhet City Corporation Chief Engineer Nur Azizur Rahman said relief materials have been distributed among the flood-hit people. “Ward councillors are coordinating the distribution.”

Meanwhile, a sexagenarian went missing in floods in Jagannathpur of Sunamganj on Friday. 

Jagannathpur police station Officer-in-charge Mizanur Rahman said: “Efforts are on to rescue the elderly citizen.”

The record-breaking floods were caused by the onrush of hilly waters from neighbouring India and heavy downpours that inundated several areas of the district, affecting over 5 million people.

The flood survivors have been shifted to more than 1,000 shelters across Sylhet.

Some 48 people have died in flood-hit Sylhet so far, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

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