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Bangladesh Bank yesterday asked banks to continue providing banking services to customers in flood-affected areas of the country through their offices in adjoining locations that are not affected.

Operations of all bank branches and sub-branches located in flood-hit areas such as Sylhet, Sunamganj, Rangpur, Kurigram and other districts will have to be suspended, according to a notice from the central bank.

As such, offices in unaffected areas will need to provide uninterrupted services to their customers, he said.

Bangladesh Bank went on to say that the closed branches and sub-branches will be able to resume operations once the flood situation improves.

However, most districts of Sylhet and Sunamganj are reportedly inundated while new areas are submerged at a rate that has surprised many, with as many as 17 districts now fearful of being at risk.

The flood was triggered on Wednesday by heavy rains and water flowing from Meghalaya and Assam upriver in India, where record rainfall had occurred.

In Sylhet and Sunamganj, where the situation is particularly dire, more than 40,000 people are believed to have been stranded by the relentless rains, which show few signs of abating.

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