Flood Situation

23 die, 1.26m affected so far

ANM Mohibub Uz Zaman

10 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

At least 23 people have died and over 1.26 million have been affected by floods in 15 districts of the country since June, official data shows.

Heavy monsoon rains and upstream surge started in June, causing serious flooding in the northern, northeastern and central regions.

Twenty-two people have drowned and one has died from a snake bite in floodwaters, statistics by the Health Emergency Operations Center at the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) show.

Dr Ayesha Akhter, assistant director of the Health Emergency Operations Center, told the daily sun that most of the marooned people are being affected by diarrhoea in the flood-hit areas due to scarcity of pure drinking water. Different diseases, including diarrhoea, respiratory tract infection (RTI), skin diseases and eye infection, have broken out among the flood-affected people, she says.

Their health workers have been stationed in the flood-affected areas, she said, adding that RTI, skin disease and eye infection may widely break out soon after floodwaters recede.

A total of 192 people are suffering from diarrhoea and 18 from RTI in the flood-hit 15 districts, according to the Health Emergency Operations Center.

The flood-hit districts are Lalmonithat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Sunamganj, Sirajganj, Bogura, Jamalpur, Sylhet, Tangail, Rajbari, Manikganj, Faridpur and  Madaripur.

The flood victims are passing days in extreme uncertainty as flood washed away all of their belongings, including houses, crops, animals and other valuables.

They are suffering much for acute shortages of food and pure drinking water as soon as the floodwaters will start to recede. They are crying for relief.

Many flood victims have taken shelter on embankments, roads, highlands and flood centres with their domestic animal and other valuables as their houses have been washed away and crops damaged by the deluge.

Thousands of flood victims have started to return home but are passing their days in the open sky as their homesteads have been damaged.

Local sources said erosion by major rivers has taken a serious turn in many areas, causing immense sufferings for people.

A large number of houses, structures, trees and crops on vast tracts of land have been washed away by floodwaters and strong current of rivers in the flood-hit areas.

Brahmaputra-Jamuna river system may rise by 24 hours from Thursday, said FFWC Executive Engineer Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan.

The water level in Meghna and Padma rivers may increase within 24 hours as the northern and northeastern regions may witness heavy-to-very heavy rainfall in the next 72 hours, he said.

River water was rising at 27 of the 101 points observed by the warning centre on Thursday morning.