Sunamganj district Agricultural Extension Department’s Deputy Director Jahedul Haque has said the Haor famers have incurred around Tk1500 crore losses as the flash flood damage the Boro paddy of 1,50,000 hectares.
However, General Secretary of “Haor Bachao, Poribesh Bachao, Sunamganj Bachao” Chittaranjan Talukder claimed the actual loss would surpass Tk3,000 crore.
“Though the flood condition has improved as rain stopped, but vast area of paddy lands are still under water in many wetlands,” district Water Development Board’s Deputy Divisional Engineer Ranjan Kumar Das told the Dhaka Tribune.
Sunamganj District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Md Mahbubur Rahman said that they had been asked to prepare a list of VGF card holders by Thursday, as supplies to them will start from Friday.
Deputy Commissioner Sheikh Rafiqul Islam said that they would take punitive measures if any anomalies were found in the relief distribution.
Harvest of 166,612 hectares of land has been inundated and around 300,000 farmers affected in the recent flash flood, causing them a loss of at least Tk1,700 crore.
He also said: “The government has doubled the open market sale of rice and wheat. Some 36,000 affected people will be brought under the programme.”
“Besides, low price rice sale is on and will continue till next Boro season,” the DC added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit the flood-ravaged Haor regions of the district on April 30.
Flash flood has severely affected the low-lying areas of Sunamganj, Sylhet, Habiganj, Moulvibazar, Kishoreganj and Brahmanbaria districts as well.
Several hundred thousands of people whose livelihood depends on paddy and fish farming are now suffering massive amounts of loss because of the flood, caused by heavy rainfall and onrush of water from the upstream Meghalaya hills in India.
The flood has also created acute shortage of foods for livestock, forcing the owners to sell their farm animals at dirt-cheap prices.
Although the rain and the onrush of water from the upstream are the main culprits, the locals also blame the authorities concerned for not finishing the construction of Haor embankments in time, which is why the embankments gave way to the pressure of water and caused the flood.