Flight operations suspended at Sylhet Osmani airport

Flood along with onrush of upstream water submerge different areas in Sylhet. The picture was taken from Taltala in Sylhet on 16 June.
Anis Mahmud

Flight operations, including take-off and landing, have been suspended in Sylhet as the flood water has reached near the runway of Sylhet Osmani International Airport.

The airport manager Hafiz Ahmed confirmed this to Prothom Alo on Friday at 4:00pm.

He said the flood water has reached near the airport runway. Other than this, airport equipment has damaged in the flood water. Therefore the flight operations have been cancelled.

Sylhet goes under flood water 

The floods in different upazilas of Sylhet have deteriorated fast in the past 24 hours. The water level has risen so fast that people in many areas could not even arrange dried food and potable water. Their kitchens are already under water.

Many areas are under almost neck-deep water. As a result communication between villages has snapped. Besides, a large number of people in Companiganj and Gowainghat upazilas have become stranded as water entered their houses.

At least 600 villages of Companiganj, Gowainghat, Sylhet sadar, Jaintiapur, Kanaighat and South Surma upazilas have been inundated, according to local people, administration and people’s representatives.

At least one million (10 lakh) people are stranded due to the floods. Snakes, leeches and other insects have increased in the areas. People are not able to move outside even for their basic needs as they do not have any boats for movement.

The authorities have decided to deploy the army to rescue the affected people of Companiganj and Gowainghat upazilas, said Sylhet deputy commissioner Mujibur Rahman to Prothom Alo on Friday morning.