Dhaka, 7 July 2022 (TDI): Islamic Relief UK reported on 6 July 2022 that around 94% population of Sunamganj and 85% population of Sylhet are affected by floods due to heavy rainfall in Bangladesh. The people of these regions are underwater.
At least 94% of Sunamganj, home to around 2.5 million people, and 85% of Sylhet, home to approximately four million people, are underwater.
The flooding is the worst in 122 years in the #Sylhet region.
— Islamic Relief UK (@IslamicReliefUK) July 6, 2022
Almost 2.5 million people live in Sunamganj and 4 million live in Sylhet and all are affected. The flooding in Sylhet is considered the worst in 122 years. Islamic Relief UK is assisting people and calling for support for emergency responses from the world.
Over the past few days, torrential monsoon rains caused rivers in northeast Bangladesh to overflow their banks. This led blocking of almost 2 million people. Many trapped families will run out of resources in a few days.
Sylhet and Sunamganj are affected most because these communities are living in low-lying areas. Severe flooding struck the region and people were affected for the second time in a month.
Destruction of Vital Infrastructure and its Consequences
Floods damaged schools, homes, and other important infrastructures such as water supplies, highways, and electricity lines. All the infrastructure is underwater.
Due to heavy rainfall children, adults, and elders are most in need of life-saving medication, essential communication, and transportation. They are cut off from their needs when floods occur.
Many people are much more susceptible to the spread of disease in the absence of sufficient sanitation and shelter as a result of the destruction of thousands of toilets and tube wells.
The future of education for so many people is either in danger or lost as a result of the disastrous floods that have destroyed hundreds of educational institutes.
Tens of thousands of hectares of summer vegetable seedbeds have been damaged due to rising water levels. There may now be issues with food security and famine for the local population.
Islamic Relief Teams in Bangladesh
Many people will continue to suffer after the crisis if necessary assistance and intervention are not provided. Islamic Relief is responding to the Bangladesh crisis.
They will distribute food, water purification devices, and hygiene supplies to the people. Boats are also hired to assist trapped individuals.
Islamic Relief UK appealed to the states, individuals, and enterprises for donating their Bangladesh Floods Appeal to help the people by saving their precious lives.