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Water rising, houses sinking in Sunamganj

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  18 Jun 2024, 16:02

The flood situation in Sunamganj has worsened due to hill slopes and continuous rainfall. The water is increasing continuously. New areas are sinking.

On Tuesday (June 18) till 12 noon, the water of Surma river in Sunamganj is flowing above 70 cm. Sunamganj Municipality, Sadar Upazila, Bishwambarpur, Chatak, Dowarabazar, Tahirpur and Shantiganj, at least 7 upazilas have been submerged in flash floods. Millions of people in flood-affected areas have been trapped due to rising water in houses and roads. Many have left their homes and taken shelters in high places. Elderly family members including women and children in the flood-affected areas are living a dehumanized life as kitchens and toilets are submerged.

They said that the way the water is rising, it could exceed the severity of the 2022 floods. At the moment, public-private cooperation needed in addition to rescue operations in flood-affected areas. People in the affected areas have asked for dry food and relief aid.

Abdul Bashir, a resident of Barpara of Sunamganj Municipality, said that the whole Sunamganj city is floating in water. The water is above my knees in my room. Many have left their homes and gone elsewhere. People are in a lot of trouble. Without public-private cooperation, the suffering will increase.

Sunamganj Water Development Board Executive Engineer Mamun Howladar said that the flood situation in Sunamganj may worsen as the upstream water continues to rise. However, it is still not possible to say whether the severity of floods will exceed in 2022 or not. This official advises to keep the property safe to reduce the flood damage ratio.

Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Rashed Iqbal Chowdhury said, I am in the flood affected area. The shelter has been opened. He said that dry food, Ziar Chal, and cash money should be allotted for flood affected people.

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