22 Killed in Flood in Sylhet Div in 7 Days: Divisional Health Director

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Twenty-two people have died in recent floods in Sylhet division in seven days since June 15, said the divisional health director Himangshu Lal Roy on Tuesday, reports UNB.

‘We have received information that 22 people have died in Sylhet division. Of them, 14 died in Sylhet district, three in Moulvibazar district and five in Sunamganj district,’ the Sylhet divisional health director said.

Among them, bodies of two people-a woman and her son- were recovered three days after they drowned in floodwater in Jointapur upazila of the district on Tuesday, he said.

The fatalities occurred due to lightning strikes, snakebite, electrocution, landslides and drowning during the period, said Himangshu. 

On Monday, deputy commissioner of Sylhet Mojibur Rahman confirmed death of one person in Sylhet while Sadar upazila nirbahi officer Nushrat Ajmiri confirmed death of three people in Sadar upazila and another death was reported from Chhatak upazila.

People of Sylhet division have been experiencing severe flood for the past one week and 80 per cent areas of Sylhet and Sunamganj districts have been flooded, rendering 40 lakh people marooned.

The residents of the two districts also have been going through immense sufferings due to shortage of food and pure drinking water.

Nazmunnessa, 50 and her son Abdur Rahman, 14 were found dead at Darbasta area in Jointapur upazila of Sylhet district on Tuesday, said UNO, Al Bashirul Islam.

Tajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kanaighat police station, said that a man drowned in floodwater in Kanaighat Haor while catching fish on Thursday. His body was retrieved on Friday.

Sylhet Deputy Commissioner Mojibur Rahman, said Titu Chowdhury, a leader of Sylhet city unit Chhatra League, died from electrocution at his Rainagar residence after he touched an electric cable snapped in floodwater on Monday.

Nusrat Azmeri, Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer, said three people have died in the upazila. Of them, one died from electrocution while two more drowned in floodwater.

Two of the deceased were identified as Monir Hossain of Noapara in Jalalabad and Abdul Hadi, a college student of Nalkat village.

Besides, two more people- identified as AK Abul Kashem, 24 and Suretun Nesa, 105- drowned as a boat sank in floodwater while they were going to the city.

Meanwhile, Junaid of Chhatak upazila drowned in floodwater in Sunamganj district, said Chhatak UNO Mamunur Rashid.

Besides, Hanifa Begum, a schoolgirl, drowned in Chhatak upazila of Sunamganj.

In Moulvibazar, a child drowned in floodwater at Adittya Mohal of Borolekha upazila.

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