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Flood death toll reaches 114 in Bangladesh in 17 days

  • Published at 02:03 am July 27th, 2019
Flood-Dhaka Tribune
Villagers look on as a part of an embankment is being washed away by the flood water in Gaibandha Dhaka Tribune

Hundreds of thousands of people across Bangladesh have been displaced as many rivers and all four of the country's major basins continued to rise due to incessant downpours and the rush of water from upstream

A total of 114 people have died due to excessive flooding in 28 districts across Bangladesh in the past 17 days.

Of them, 10 people died in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Emergency Operation Center and the Control Room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) report. 95 people drowned in the affected  areas during the 17 days.

Hundreds of thousands of people across Bangladesh have been displaced as many rivers and all four of the country's major basins continued to rise due to incessant downpours and the rush of water from upstream.

Thousands of people have been affected in the districts while rising water levels of the major rivers left people stranded in water-logged areas, putting them at risk of water-borne diseases.

According to the control room data, 14,781 people have fallen ill due to flooding, water-borne diseases and other natural disasters between July 10 and July 26.

During the period, a total of 5571 people were infected with diarrhoea, 1,610 infected and one killed from respiratory tract infection (RTI), eight injured and seven killed from lightning strikes, 56 infected and eight killed from snake bites, 23 injured and 95 drowned.

Additionally, 1,905 people were infected with skin diseases, 479 with eye inflammation, and 434 sustained injuries relating to the flood.

4,695 were infected and three were killed for other reasons that has not been specifically cited in the report.

According to the Control Room data, the flood has affected 28 districts—Shariatpur, Rajbari, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Netrokona, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Khagrachhari, Bandarban, Rangamati, Feni, Bogra, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Moulvibazar, Kurigram, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Brahmanbaria, Tangail, Sirajganj, Habiganj, Faridpur, Chandpur, and Madaripur.

A total of 325 unions out of 2,117 unions in 74 upazilas in the 28 districts have been affected by the floods. There are 1,324 shelter centres with 2,451 medical teams currently working in the areas.

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