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Bibiyana Power Plant threatened

Floods damage 7,500 dwellings in Sylhet

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Sylhet Bureau :
The flash flood hit Bibiyana Power Plant as floodwater entered into the power plant due to rise of water level in Kushiyara River at Nawabagnj in Habiganj.
Sources of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB) said that the water of Kushiyara River started to increase on Saturday afternoon, and was flowing above the danger level in Nabiganj.
The river water is very near beneath the river protection embankment, posing threat to Bibiyana Power Plant. The local WDB office fears that the power plant might be affected adversely if the water level continues to rise.
However, the WDB officials said they were trying to protect the dam placing sand bags.
As Bibiyana power plant became inundated, some engines of the plant went under water. Its officials said that, there is no possibility of power interruption. If it happens, more areas of the country including Dhaka will experience power shortage.
"Flood water is entering into the Power Plant gradually. Some parts of the Power Plant being inundated. However, there is no possibility to enter water into the main power production centre,' said, Sajal, engineer of the power plant adding that the main production centre of the plant is safe as it is situted at the plain land adjacent to the Dhaka-Sylhet highway.'
Md Taohidul Islam, Executive Engineer of Habiganj WDB, said that the water of Kushiyara River is flowing above the danger level.  
Another report adds: At least 7,500 dwellings in the district were badly-affected by the floods caused by the rains and rolling water from the upper region in India, officials said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Of these, 6456 were affected partially and the rest 995 were damaged totally, officials said in the afternoon briefing at the Deputy Commissioner's office.
They, however, said water has started receding from the affected areas and there is almost no chance of further inundation soon.
Yet 300,000 people have remained marooned while academic activities in 79 primary schools and 81 secondary schools in the district have been suspended, the meeting was told.
Acting Deputy Commissioner, Sylhet Mir Mahbubur Rahman, also the Deputy Director of LGRD briefed the conference while other officials attended. He also said 51 families took shelter in two flood shelters whereas there are 190 centres in 13 upazilas in the district.
Meanwhile, the government had sanctioned 600 tonnes of rice, 2,000 packets of dry food and Tk 800,000 in cash for the affected people. Of the total, already 246 tonnes of rice and Tk 400,000 had been distributed among the victims till Tuesday.
As many as 140 medical teams were working in the affected areas under the supervision of Civil Surgeon while 57,000 water purifying tablets had been distributed. Another 150,000 tablets are on the stock.
A total of 245- metre embankments (not dam) breached on 15 points while partial damage took place on 5.0 km area. In total 3866 hectres of Aus paddy, seedbed of T-Aman and others had gone inundated in the district, the newsmen were informed.
Meanwhile, the state minister for Relief & Rehabilitation Enamur Rahman and Deputy Minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Haque Shamim visited some of the affected areas in Sylhet region on Tuesday.
Enamur Rahman visited some affected flood protection embankments and distributed relief in Moulvibazar before attending the district disaster management committee there.
He also distributed relief at Biswambharpur upazila of Sunamganj and at Sylhet Sadar upazila. Shamim is also set to visit some affected embankment in Nabiganj of Habiganj on Thursday (Today).
The deputy minister for Water Resources also joined the relief distribution and visited flood control scheme in Moulvibazar. He then distributed relief in Chhatak and Biswambharpur upazilas of Sunamganj before joining the district Disaster Management Committee there.
Besides, he distributed relief at Sylhet sadar upazila before attending the district disaster management committee meet at Sylhet Circuit House. He is also set to visit flood control embankment on Nabiganj upazila of Habiganj district on  Thursday.
Flood situation slightly improves: The flood situation in the city and its adjoining areas has improved slightly on Wednesday as the water  started to go down from the affected areas. But the suffering of the affected people is increasing with the time.
According to the Water Development Board here, water level has been decreasing at many points at the Surma River from Wednesday morning, but still the water was flowing above the danger level.
Source said, water of the Surma was flowing 92 centimetre above the danger level at Kanaighat point on Wednesday while it was 130 centimetre above the danger level on Tuesday evening, 58 centimetre above the danger level at Sylhet City point on Wednesday while it was 69 centimetre above the danger level before. Water level of other rivers at the areas decreased slightly, but still it was flowing above the danger level.
Sylhet Deputy Commissioner office handed over two metric ton rice to the officers of Sylhet City Corporation as succour to distribute among the affected people in the corporation area. Above 200 families at the corporation has been suffering badly for flood.
However, relief  distribution has been continuing in the other affected areas. A total of 243 metric ton rice and four lakh taka was distributed till Monday. Each people in the affected areas has been getting 10 kg rice, one litre soya bean oil, one kg sugar, one kg salt, 500 gm noodles, one dozen candle and one fire box.
DC office said, succour distribution would be continued till the flood end. Other necessary steps would be taken to recover the losses of affected people, sources said.
Around 3,38,000 people from 48,700 families in eleven upazilas out of 13 of the district have been affected by the flood. Seventy-nine primary schools and 81 secondary schools and colleges suspended their academic activities in the areas.

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