Floods Ravage Sylhet: Rising Water Levels in Four Upazilas

Sylhet, May 30, 2024 – Continuous rains and an influx of upstream water have led to severe flooding in four upazilas in the lower part of Sylhet. As of 12 pm today, the water levels in several rivers have surged, causing concern for residents and authorities.

The affected upazilas are Jaintapur, Gowainghat, Kanaighat, and Companiganj. Here are the key details:

  1. Jaintapur: Erosion has occurred at four locations in the Sari-Goyain Wapda embankment project, resulting in water inundating houses in Jaintapur Sadar upazila.
  2. Gowainghat: Due to heavy rains and the influence of Cyclone Remal, low-lying areas in Gowainghat are already flooded. Residents have started moving to shelters as houses collapse.
  3. Kanaighat: The Surma River has crossed the danger level at the Kanaighat point. The situation remains critical, and rescue operations are underway.
  4. Companiganj: Similar to Gowainghat, Companiganj is also experiencing flooding in haor and low-lying areas.

Officials from the Sylhet Water Development Board report that the Surma River at Kanaighat is flowing 143 cm above the danger level, while the Sylhet city point is 64 cm above the danger level. The Kushiara River, Sari River, Dawki River, and Goyain and Dhalai rivers are all flowing above the danger line12.

The situation remains critical, and authorities are actively engaged in rescue operations. The army is on standby to assist if necessary. As the rains continue, residents are urged to take precautions and seek shelter in safe locations.

Stay tuned for further updates as the situation unfolds. Our thoughts are with the affected communities during this challenging time.

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