New areas flooded in Sylhet

Sylhet Bureau

Although the water level of Surma river in Sylhet has decreased, the water level of Kushiyara river is increasing due to heavy rains in Assam. Water erosion has occurred in different parts of Kushiyara river protection dam. New areas are flooded in Sylhet.

The flood situation has deteriorated in Zakiganj, Fenchuganj, Beanibazar, Balaganj, Dakshin Surma, Osmaninagar and various villages of Golapganj upazila. However, along with Surma, the waters of Dhalai, Piain, Sari and Lova rivers in Sylhet are declining.

The flood situation in Companiganj, Gowainghat, Jaintapur, Sadar, Kanaighat and Bishwanath upazilas along these rivers has improved somewhat. But the plight of shelters and flood victims seems to be on the rise. Road communication is still cut off in many parts of Sylhet.

In Fenchuganj and Balaganj, rivers and river side areas have become monotonous in water. About 80 percent of the two upazilas have been flooded. Traffic on Balaganj-Khasrupur and Fenchuganj-Balaganj roads has been closed.

The flood-affected areas of Beanibazar upazila have been flooded and new areas have been flooded. Various areas of the upazila including Charkhai, Alinagar, Sheola, Dubag, Kudarbazar and Thana Bazar have been submerged.

The flood situation has also deteriorated in Osmaninagar upazila. The entire Goalabazar, Tajpur, Dayamir, Buranga, Sadipur, West Pailanpur, Usmanpur and Umarpur Unions of the upazila have been submerged.

Niloy Pasha, deputy assistant engineer of the Sylhet Water Development Board (Paubo), said the waters of Surma, Dhalai and Piain rivers rise in the slope of Meghalaya. When the slope descends from Assam, the water of Kushiyar rises.

Now the slope is coming down from Assam. Therefore, the water level of Kushiyara river is rising and the flood situation is deteriorating in the area along that river.

Paubo said the Kushiyara River had been rising slowly for so long. The water started rising at an unusual rate from Sunday. This started the breakage of the dam.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been re-flooded in the coastal upazilas of Kushiyara. The worst situation is in Zakiganj upazila.

Paubo further said that till Monday, 39 dams in Zakiganj upazila had broken and overflowed and flooded the locality. The worst affected areas are Bhaktipur of Sultanpur Union, Rarai of Sadar Union, Suprakandi of Birshree and Barabandh of Kajalsar. As the water level continues to rise, the locals are fearing more erosion.

Niloy Pasha, deputy assistant engineer of Sylhet Paubo, said the waters of Surma, Dhalai and Piain rivers rise in the slope of Meghalaya. When the slope descends from Assam, the water of Kushiyar rises. Now the slope is coming down from Assam. Therefore, the water level of Kushiyara river is rising and the flood situation is deteriorating in the area along that river.

Companiganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Lusikanta Hajong said, ‘The water is receding very slowly. Not less than two centimeters all day yesterday. The Upazila Parishad building is still under water.’

Water has also started flowing from the higher areas of Sylhet city. Water flowed from the runways of MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology and Osmani International Airport in Sylhet on Monday.

প্রকাশ :  June 22, 2022 1:15 pm