Provide emergency banking services in flood-affected areas: BB

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Bangladesh Bank building in Dhaka. — File photo.

The Bangladesh Bank has ordered banks to continue their services in flood-affected areas through their sub-branches, bank branches or nearby branches in dry places.

The central bank’s offsite oversight department on Sunday issued a notification to all banks scheduled to continue services to flood-affected customers through alternative means.

BB’s notification said several areas including Sylhet, Sunamganj, Rangpur and Kurigram had been flooded. Many banks were unable to open branches due to flooding.

In such a situation, the central bank ordered banks to provide emergency banking services from the nearest branches not affected by the floods.

After the flooding situation improves, the central bank said, banks will have to take measures to immediately resume services to customers of affected branches and sub-branches.

Meanwhile, heavy rains and landslides from Meghalaya in India submerged around 90% of the Sylhet and Sunamganj area. In these two neighborhoods, there was a catastrophic flood. Hundreds of thousands of people are forced to leave their homes in search of shelter.

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