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Heavy rain submerges Sylhet, Osmani hospital affected

  • MAG Osmani Hospital submerged, affecting healthcare
  • Sylhet records 226.6mm of rain in 24 hours
  • Surma River 13cm above danger mark at 9am
Update : 03 Jun 2024, 02:19 PM

Persistent rain has led to the Surma River overflowing, flooding different parts of Sylhet and causing water to enter homes as well as Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.

Shah Sajib Hossain, a meteorologist at the Sylhet office of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, told Dhaka Tribune that the region recorded 226.6 millimetres of rain in the 24 hours to 6am on Monday, followed by an additional 28mm in the next three hours. The BMD classifies downpours exceeding 88mm as very heavy rainfall.

Meanwhile, the Surma River at the Sylhet point was flowing 13 centimetres above the danger mark at 9 am, the Bangladesh Water Development Board said.

Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital was also affected, with the ground floors of its buildings submerged in rainwater, disrupting healthcare services.

Brig Gen Dr Mahbubur Rahman Bhuiyan, director of the hospital, said waterlogging had occurred around the hospital, including at the main entrance, inundating almost every room on the ground floors.

“Despite appeals following last year's floods, no action was taken by authorities to address the issue. Hence, whenever there is rain, such situations occur.”

Relatives of patients expressed concerns about patients on the ground floor being grouped together, with two patients sharing one bed. They also feared that contaminated water entering the wards could heighten the risk of various diseases.

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