Staff Correspondent: State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the Prime Minister is personally monitoring the flood situation in Sylhet and Sunamganj.
The state minister made the announcement in a status on his verified Facebook page yesterday.
He said, “We have to temporarily cut off power supply to the risky areas of Sunamganj and Sylhet due to severe floods. We are monitoring the situation round the clock by forming a disaster team. Measures have been taken to avoid damage to the power plants.”
“Hon’ble Prime Minister is personally monitoring the flood situation in Sylhet and Sunamganj.”
The state minister further said, “600 shelters have already been opened for the flood victims.” In 6 upazilas of the two districts, besides local administration, 10 platoons of the army and 8 medical teams are working to rescue the stranded people, set up shelters, treat the victims, provide clean drinking water and food items, and ensure the safety of sensitive installations.
Nasrul Hamid said, “It is the wish of the people of Sylhet and Sunamganj to get rid of them quickly with the cooperation of all.”
Water has been accumulating in the low-lying areas of Sylhet since Wednesday (June 15). But from noon on Thursday, it took a terrible turn. Most parts of Sylhet city were submerged in the flood waters between 12 noon and midnight on Thursday.
Within 24 hours, the water from the hill slope coming down from the upper reaches of Sylhet has washed away the houses. The people of Sylhet have never seen such a horrible form of flood in one day.
Millions of people have been shocked by the sudden rise in flood waters. Local administration officials, including Sylhet City Corporation, were also surprised.
Victims of the catastrophic floods are unable to find shelter. The flood victim people of Sylhet are in a crisis of dry food and clean water. Besides, the farmers of the district are in dire straits with their livestock. In such a situation, social and cultural organizations have called upon all to come forward as much as possible to tackle the humanitarian crisis.
Meanwhile, a terrible flood situation has been created in Sunamganj for two days due to the hill slope coming down from the upper reaches. Twelve upazilas of Sunamganj have been submerged in the water of a hill slope. As a result, more than 4 lakh people have become waterlogged.
Meanwhile, the entire city of Sunamganj has been submerged in the flood waters. City dwellers do not have the option of visiting a shelter. As a result, millions of people are spending their days without food in waterlogged conditions.
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