Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard join rescue efforts


Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard personnel yesterday joined rescue and relief efforts for flood victims in Sylhet and adjacent areas.

On Friday, the Bangladesh Army launched rescue operations in different upazilas in Sylhet, Md Mojibur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Sylhet, told media.

Ten army platoons and six medical teams carried out rescue operations in Sylhet and Sunamganj.

A team of 35 Bangladeshi Navy divers joined the rescue operations. In addition, another 60 are on their way to flooded areas of Sylhet, said Ahsanul Alam, deputy commissioner of Sylhet.

A navy team works in Jalalabad and another in Companiganj.

At least two Bangladesh Coast Guard vessels were expected to reach flood-affected areas yesterday.

One will carry out rescue operations in Sylhet and the other in Sunamganj, sources said.

Two Air Force helicopters are also on their way to join the effort.

Army personnel are currently carrying out rescue operations in the upazilas of Sylhet Sadar, Companiganj and Gowainghat.

Members of the Bangladesh Border Guard are also assisting in evacuation efforts in border areas.

The Sylhet office of the Bangladesh Water Development Board said the Surma exceeded the danger level at Kanaighat and Sylhet points at 6:00 a.m. yesterday.


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