Power outage hits Sylhet as flood situation worsens

Power connections were restored in some areas of Sylhet after 6pm

The power supply to Sylhet has been cut off after the Kumargaon grid station was submerged with flood water on Saturday.

To avoid accidents, the whole district has been without power since 12pm, Chief Engineer Abdul Kadir of Sylhet divisional Bangladesh Power Development Board told Dhaka Tribune.

He mentioned that, usually if the rain stops for an hour, the water inside the grid begins to drain. 

He hoped that the district’s power can be restored once the water in the substation had receded.

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However, after six hours, electricity connection became normal in some areas of Sylhet city. 

Bivu Ranjan, an official of the Power Development Board of Sylhet, said power connections have been restored in some areas under 33 KV after 6pm.

Power supply to the Sunamganj is also suspended since Wednesday, due to the ongoing flood. 

According to meteorologist Saeed Amhed Chowdhury, Sylhet saw 157mm of rainfall in six hours, from 6am to 12pm, on Saturday morning.

Heavy rainfall would continue in the district till Monday, he said.

The Bangladesh Water Development Board’s Sylhet office said the Surma River was flowing above the danger level at Kanaighat and Sylhet points at 6am on Saturday.