State Minister for Water Resources Zahid Faruk on Thursday said the damages caused by recent flash floods in Sunamganj were less compared to earlier years due to well-built levees.
The state minister was talking to journalists after visiting flood-hit Shantiganj, Jagannathpur and Derai upazilas in Sunamganj when he asked the authorities concerned to take necessary actions to help the affected farmers.
“From March 30 water from upstream hills rushed down in the first phase of the flood. Officials and staffs of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and other workers are giving all-out effort to protect the damaged dams since then,” he said.
Zahid said,” In the next Boro season, the affected farmers will be given free seeds and fertilizers along with various food aids including Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) .”
The government is providing 70 per cent subsidy to the farmers in the haor area to ease their burden of production cost, he added.
“Upstream water running down hills following torrential rain in Meghalaya and Cherrapunji of India triggered the second phase of flash floods.
On Sunday night, water entered Huramandira Haor in Derai upazila damaging 200 hectares of 1,000 hectares of cropland in the area, he added.
According to the Department of Agricultural Extension a total of 5,660 hectares in 17 small and large haors, beels got inundated by flash floods so far.