DHAKA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Bangladeshi soldiers were deployed on Friday to help the country's Sylhet region, some 240 km northeast of the capital Dhaka, tackle its worsening flood situation.
Troops were sent to deal with rising water levels in the Sylhet and Sunamganj district, 296 km northeast of the capital Dhaka, caused by seasonal rains and a heavy rush of water from neighboring India.
The deployment of soldiers comes following a request from the civil administration, the Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) under the defense ministry said in a short statement.
The floods have caused widespread damage to habitation, crops, roads, and highways across vast swathes of the region.
TV footages showed that wide areas of land are underwater in both Sylhet and Sunamganj as major rivers overflowed in many areas of the region.
Jahurul Islam, a local official of Bangladesh's Water Development Board, told media on Friday that the water level was 74 cm above the danger mark at a point in Surma, one of the major rivers in the Sylhet region.
Sylhet Divisional Commissioner Md Mosharraf Hossain said soldiers have already launched efforts to evacuate people marooned by the flood in Sylhet and Sunamganj districts.
Large areas of the two districts are reportedly without electricity.