Friday, 12 August, 2022
E-paper

Waterborne diseases break out in flood-hit areas

Although the country’s overall flood situation is improving, various waterborne diseases have broken out in the flood-affected areas following the recession of floodwater.

As a result of the acute crisis of safe drinking water, diarrhea, respiratory tract infections (RTI), skin diseases, and eye infections have been reported in the areas.

People are mostly suffering from diarrhoea in flood-hit areas, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre & Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Some 498 diarrhoea cases were reported in Sylhet, Rangpur, Chattogram, and Mymensingh divisions on Sunday.

A total of 43 RTI, 113 cases of skin diseases, and 18 cases of eye infections have been reported in the area.

At least five people drowned in the districts. Among them, four were in Netrakona and one in Lalmonirhat district.

A total of 107 people died as a result of flooding across the country during the period between May 17 and July 3.

Since the onset of the floods, 2,047 medical teams have been working in the flood-affected area. They are providing food, saline, and medicine to flood-affected people.

Three rivers were flowing above the danger level at four points in three districts on Monday, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

"The Brahmaputra River is in a falling trend, while the Jamuna River is in a steady-state, which may continue in the next 24 hours. The major rivers in the northeastern region of the country are in a falling trend except for the Kushiyara, which may continue in the next 24 hours," forecasted FFWC.

"The Padma river is in a rising trend, which may continue rising in the next 24 hours. Flood situation in Sylhet, Sunamganj, and Netrakona districts may improve in the next 24 hours," it said.           Meanwhile, Sylhet has experienced the highest rainfall in June in 62 years, according to Met office data.

Nearly 1,456mm of rain has been recorded in the whole month, which is about 78% higher than the average rainfall.

The experts blamed climate change for the recent surge in rainfall in Sylhet.

Saeed Ahmed Chowdhury, a senior meteorologist at the Sylhet Meteorological Office, told reporters that this is the first time Sylhet has witnessed such rainfall in June since 1956.

"It has rained for 28 days in June, which is unusual. The highest rainfall of 303.8mm in a day was recorded on June 16," he said.