Sylhet Flood Worsens: 7 Lakh People Stranded

Sylhet Flood Worsens

Sylhet Flood Worsens

Sylhet. June 20, 2024- continuous heavy rainfall over the past three days has exacerbated the flood situation in sylhet, leaving nearly seven lakh people standed. This marks the second major flooding incident in the region within 20 days, severely impacting the Sylhet metropolitan area and the surrounding district.

Current Situation

The Sylhet district administration reported that in the metropolitan area alone, 50,000 people across 21 wards are affected by the flooding. The recent flooding started on June 15 due to heavy rainfall and hill torrents, just days after the initial flooding on May 27, which had already affected approximately seven lakh people across all upazilas.

On the morning of Eid-ul-Azha, there was a brief recession in water levels; however, the rain resumed by dawn on Tuesday, leading to significant overflows in all rivers and streams in Sylhet. By Tuesday morning, water levels in four rivers were above danger points at six locations, and by Wednesday morning, six points across three rivers were above danger levels.

River and Rainfall Data

The Water Development Board in Sylhet provided alarming data on river water levels as of 9 am Wednesday:

  1. Surma River at Kanaighat point: 91 cm above danger level.
  2. Surma River at another point in Sylhet: 31 cm above danger level.
  3. Kushiyara River at Amalshid: 46 cm above danger level.
  4. Kushiyara River at Fenchuganj: 92 cm above danger level.
  5. Kushiyara River at Sherpur point: 12 cm above danger level.

The Sylhet Meteorological Office recorded substantial rainfall amounts

  1. 100 mm from 6:00 am Tuesday to 6:00 am Wednesday.
  2. 55 mm from 6:00 am to 9:00 am Wednesday.

The Met Office has forecast continuous heavy rainfall for the next three days, raising concerns about further deterioration of the flood situation.

Impact on Residents

As of midnight, 675,937 people in 13 upazilas, including Sylhet metropolitan area, have been stranded. Among these, 50,000 individuals are from 21 out of 42 wards in the metropolitan area.

A total of 627 shelter centres have been opened, with 80 in the metropolitan area. However, only 17,285 people have taken refuge in these centres as many residents are reluctant to leave their homes.

The flood has inundated 1,323 villages across 13 upazilas, with the worst affected being Gowainghat, Jaintapur, Golapganj, Companiganj, Kanaighat, Zakiganj, Biswanath, and Osmaninagar. Low-lying areas of the city are severely impacted, with the Shahjalal suburb completely submerged, and water reaching neck level in many homes. Other hard-hit areas include Jatrapur, Mendibagh, Shibganj, Raingar, Sobhanighat, Kalighat, Kamalgarh, Machimpur, Taltala, Jamtola, Kajirbazar, Madina Market, Akhaliya, and Mezortil. Several important roads are also flooded, disrupting transportation and daily activities.

Relief and Rescue Efforts

The distric administration is actively working to rescue stranded individuals. Control rooms have been set up at the district collector's office and upazila executive offices to monitor the flood situation. Dedicated officers are appointed in each upazila, and medical teams have been formed at union levels to provide health services to flood victims.

Government Response

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief, Md Mohibbur Rahman, accompanied by ministry officials, surveyed the flood-hit areas from a helicopter on Wednesday morning. The government's efforts are focused on providing immediate relief and ensuring the safety of affected residents.

With the heavy rainfall expected to continue, the situation in Sylhet remains critical, and authorities are urging residents to stay vigilant and cooperate with rescue and relief operations.


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