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Flash Flooding in North-east Bangladesh

Flash Flooding in North-east Bangladesh
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Monsoon storms and constant rains have put Bangladesh in the face of disastrous floods in Sylhet and Sunamganj. As a result, people are homeless as floodwaters inundate their homes, destroying their belongings. Divisional administration said 33 sub-districts of four districts were affected by the flood, which marooned over 45 lakh people, and around 4.14 lakh people took refuge in 1,285 shelter centers. The editorial is about Flash Flooding in North-east Bangladesh.

Hospitals, fire services, food warehouses, and office emergency services are underwater. Sufferers require food, clean water, and medicines. In addition, flood waters engulfed several power stations forcing authorities to shut down the facilities, subsequently affecting internet and mobile phone communications. Due to the shutdowns, the entire Sunamganj district remained beyond power supplies. Deaths are rising, so the death poll is still unknown.

The Bangladesh Army proceeds to work with local administrations to evacuate stranded people from several inundated parts and assist in the relief operations. Bangladesh and the northeastern states of India faced incessant rains causing extreme flooding in several parts of both nations. This is the worst flood to hit the districts of Sylhet and Sunamganj in 122 years.

However, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assured of taking steps to minimize the loss of crops and fish amid the flood in Sylhet and Sunamganj after visiting the flood-affected areas from a helicopter. The government has allocated another Tk. 1 crore for Sylhet and Sunamganj districts to distribute as humanitarian aid to the victims of several natural calamities, including floods. Earlier from 17 May to 18 June, 1720 metric tons of rice, Tk. 2,76,00,000 and 58,000 packets of dried and other food items have been distributed as humanitarian assistance in the recent floods in 11 districts of the country.

She added, “Even though floods cause disaster, it also brings some rewards. For example, adequate surface water is necessary to prevent earthquakes, and this flood will help restore the surface water.”

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