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Minister: 75 killed in flood so far

  • Published at 04:57 pm July 28th, 2019
Flood Bogra-Dhaka Tribune
The photo taken on Saturday, July 13, 2019 shows a flood affected family with belongings in Bogra uses banana tree-made raft to reach safety Dhaka Tribune

Around 6,053 families have been affected by the floods across Bangladesh

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman has said so far 75 people have died across Bangladesh due to flood. 

He disclosed the death toll on Sunday, while addressing a media call at the ministry. 

The minister also said 45 cattle and over 22,000 poultry animals have been lost to the flood. 

“As many as 6,053 families and 33,735 houses have been damaged,” he said. He added that four dams have been completely damaged in the floods. 

According to his statistics, a total of 28 districts, 163 upazilas, 49 municipalities and 961 unions have been affected by the floods. 

“In addition to that, 8,200 hectares of land have completely submerged,” he informed.

“Those affected by the flood have been provided with sufficient relief. Those who are in need are being provided with relief items, hence it is not true that people are not receiving relief during floods,” the minister added.

He also said there are enough relief in stock, in case the flood continues. 

Water Development Board Executive Engineer Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, present during the briefing, said water levels have already started going down. 

“Currently, water level is above danger level at 13 points. On these points, the danger level has been exceeded by 1 to27cm,” he said. 

He added that water level was exceeded danger level at 17 points yesterday and 21 points the day before. 

“It will take another two-three days for the water at Gaibandha and Jamalpur to go down but there is no risk of a big flood in the upcoming two weeks," he claimed.