More than 10 lakh people in Sylhet have been marooned, while thousands of others affected, by the worst flooding in the country’s northeast in nearly two decades, with floodwater continuing to plummet new areas of the district, including the metropolis, every hour
As stocks of dry food are drying up fast, and there is little scope to cook food with no access to safe drinking water, most of these people are passing days in misery. A halt in electricity supply and disruptions to mobile networks and internet service have only added to their woes.
The 3rd round of floods affecting the northeastern region of the country has also created havoc in Sunamganj district of the division, affecting several lakh families. Besides, parts of the northeastern districts of Netrakona, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, and Sherpur have also been hit by the fresh spell of flooding.
The latest floods in Sylhet division have broken all previous records, says a press release by Mostafa Kamal, PhD researcher on weather and climate at Saskatchewan University, Canada. Citing the flood monitoring centre of Tokyo University, the press release said 80% of areas in Sylhet division are now under water, while it is 90% in the case of Sunamganj.