Army deployed to rescue marooned people in Sylhet
Published: 01:49 PM, 17 June 2022 Updated: 05:49 PM, 17 June 2022
Bangladesh Army has been deployed to control the flood situation in Sylhet. The Army has already started rescue operations in the areas, reads an ISPR press release on Friday (17 June).
The release said that Army joined the efforts to control the flood situation in Sylhet at the request of the local authority.
Earlier in the morning, Sylhet Deputy Commissioner Md Mozibor Rahman said that authorities have decided to deploy the army to rescue the affected people of Companiganj and Gowainghat Upazilas.
Flood situation in different Upazilas of Sylhet deteriorated fast in the past 24 hours due to the swelling of major rivers caused by continuous rain and the onrush of water from the upstream. As the water level has risen so fast, people in many areas could not even arrange dried foods and potable water. Their kitchens had already gone under water.
According to local administration, at least 600 villages of Companiganj, Gowainghat, Sylhet Sadar, Jaintiapur, Kanaighat and South Surma Upazilas have been inundated. At least one million (10 lakh) people are stranded due to the flood. People are not able to move outside even for their basic needs as they do not have any boat for movement.
Sources from Bangladesh Water Development Board in Sylhet, said the water was flowing above the danger level at different points of Surma and Kushiara rivers. The water was flowing above the danger level at one point of Sari river while the water level of other rivers was also rising.