Flood-hit people in Sunamganj cry for relief

Publish: 9:24 PM, May 19, 2022 | Update: 9:24:PM, May 19, 2022

Hundreds of flood-affected people in Chhatak upazila of Sunamganj district have been waiting for relief materials from the administration.

Many victim families have taken shelter at the three temporary flood shelters in the upazila as onrush of water from the upstream and heavy rains inundated their houses and marooned tens of thousands of people.

Chhatak upazila administration has distributed dry food among the flood victims.

However, these are not sufficient and many people did not get food, alleged some flood-affected people.  Farmers are also facing a shortage of fodder at the shelters and there is also an acute crisis of pure drinking water  at the shelters, they said.

Only flood victims, who have taken shelter at the educational institutions are getting relief, they alleged.

People who have taken shelter in other places and marooned people are not getting food and cash assistance from the administration, they said.

Setara Begum, wife of fisherman Abdul Matin, who has taken shelter at Takipur Govt Primary School, said, she didn’t have food for the last three days. She didn’t received any kind of relief from anyone.

Meanwhile, classes at around 180 government primary schools in Berajpur, Tajpur, Gobindganj, Noapara, Alampur, Krishnanagar, Anandanagar, Banglabazar, Lakseshwar, Bagin, Khidura, Dashgarh, Khagamura, Kathalpur, Goaspur, Raoli, Jahirpur, Mondolpur, Bhatgaon, Jhamak, Lakhansum, Kaleswari, Khidrakapan, Kaitkona, Shibnagar, Bilpar, Mollaata, Gobindanagar, Abdul Jabbar, Tajpur, Ujirpur, Rampur, Sikandarpur, and Madhabpur of the upazila have been suspended as the school premises went under floodwater.

Mamunur Rahman, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Chhatak upazila, said they have already completed all necessary preparations to face the natural disaster.

A control room has been opened to monitor the overall flood situation, he said.

“I have visited flood-affected areas in Islampur and Nuarai in the morning,” he added.