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Foreign Minister urges everyone to be sincere in protecting ponds and reservoirs in Sylhet

Sylhet Representative /

Foreign Minister. AK Abdul Momen said the Prime Minister has made various projects on rivers across the country. Surma-Kushiyara dredging plan has been taken up. However, if the river is dug before the monsoon season next year, it will be possible to prevent floods. This will also reduce our losses.

He was responding to a question from reporters after the distribution of relief to flood victims at a shelter in Chalibandar area of ​​Sylhet city on Wednesday afternoon.

The Foreign Minister said that Sylhet has always had a downpour this season. We used to call this slope ‘Kala Pani’. I saw this in our childhood. But the water would not be stuck, it would go away. Because there were many ponds and dighis in the city. There was a pond in front of every house, there were big canals. Sylhet was called the city of Dighi. But now we have filled all the ponds inside the city and built big buildings. Besides, the bottom of major rivers has been filled. The empty fields are full. That’s why the water can’t go down. It is a cause of fear for Sylhet in any disaster.

The minister called upon all to be sincere in protecting the ponds and reservoirs inside the city. He also instructed the concerned people to dig and widen the drains. He said the natural system cannot be destroyed.

Expressing sympathy to the flood victims, the foreign minister said the water would not last long. Will go down quickly. As a result, you have to suffer for a few days. The government is by your side at this time.

Foreign Minister during the relief distribution. AK Abdul Momen was accompanied by the Minister of State for Disaster Management and Relief. Enamul Haque.

Meanwhile, the state minister for relief said that Tk 25 lakh and 200 metric tonnes of rice would be allocated in flood-hit areas in Sylhet. More allocation will be given if required. He said the government was ready to deal with the disaster. Necessary steps will be taken to determine the extent of flood damage in consultation with all.

The state minister said that every year the region is called Dhal. But this time the slope is coming down in a huge way. Cherrapunji in Meghalaya upstream of Sylhet has received record amount of rainfall. As a result, the floods have reached a critical level. The state minister also said that the rivers in the region would be restored in the future to deal with the floods. He said the water holding capacity of the river has decreased. Initiatives have been taken by the Ministry of Water Resources for capital dredging of these rivers.

After distributing relief at Chalibandar, the two ministers distributed relief at a shelter in Mirabazar area. He then visited various flood affected areas of Sylhet Sadar Upazila.

Disaster Management and Relief Secretary. Kamrul Hasan, Sylhet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Nisharul Arif, Sylhet City Corporation Chief Executive Officer MLA Roy Chowdhury, Sylhet District Awami League Acting President Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhury and Metropolitan Awami League General Secretary Prof Zakir Hossain were present.

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