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8.5 lakh families hit by flood at haors

Over 8.5 lakh families have been affected and crops on some 219,840 hectares of land damaged by flash floods in six haor districts of Sylhet division.

Joint secretary of the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry Md Mohsin told reporters after a meeting of an inter-ministerial disaster management coordination committee on Friday.

The people of haor areas have been facing troubles as their croplands have gone under water.

They are crying for relief as their Boro paddy and fish started to perish in the floodwaters.

Prolonged rain, onrush of upstream water triggered flashfloods, inundating haors and low-lying areas of the northeastern region.

Thousands of farmers were hit hard by flooding when they were getting ready to reap a good harvest.

However, a delegation of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission did not found any uranium or radioactive waste in the haor water.

Most farmers of Kishoreganj, Netrakona, Habiganj, Sunamganj, Moulvibazar and Sylhet are facing crisis due to the flooding, said a source at the information ministry.

A total of 2,860 houses were totally destroyed while 15,345 houses partially damaged by floods. A total of 213.95 tonnes fish, 3,902 ducks and four buffalos were died in the flood, it said.

The government declared that they will provide 30 kg of rice and Tk 500 cash every month for each of flood- affected families in six haor areas until 31 July.

They distributed rice, tins and cash to 3, 30,000 families since Friday, according to the ministry.

However, the flood victims are suffering for acute shortages of food and pure drinking water as the floodwaters started to recede.

They are in want of relief. Many alleged that the government’s relief is yet to reach them.

They were seen running after different points of open market sales (OMS) in the haor areas to buy rice and wheat at Tk 15 and 17 a kg.

Under the circumstances, the people are now leaving their village homes for towns to manage jobs.

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