• Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
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8 more deaths take flood death toll to 169

  • Published at 11:43 pm August 7th, 2020
Munshiganj Flood
File photo: Floodwater has inundated a village at Louhajang upazila in Munshiganj, making access to food and safe water extremely difficult for the villagers. The photo was taken on Thursday, July 23, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

250 million coastal dwellers will face rising floods globally, according to a recent study

The ongoing flood in the country has claimed eight more lives in the last 24 hours taking the death toll to 169 on Friday.

A total of 160 upazilas across the country have been affected by floods that set in during the last week of June, and is yet to subside fully, said a bulletin of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

People in Kurigram, Madaripur, Sirajganj, Tangail, Faridpur and Netrokona have been the worst sufferers from the deluge. 

Among the deceased, 29 died in Jamalpur, 28 in Tangail, 22 in Kurigram, 17 in Manikganj, 15 each in Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha, 14 in Sirajganj, five each in Netrakona and Dhaka, three each in Rangpur, Sunamganj, and Munshiganj, two in each of Nilphamari, Naogaon and Kishoreganj, and one each in Rajbari and Shariatpur, according to DGHS.

The government has prepared 1567 shelters in the flood-affected districts.

Meanwhile, a recent study stated that Bangladesh is one of the hotspots of a series of floods across the world, noting that 250 million coastal dwellers will face rising floods globally.

Also Read - Study: Bangladesh among global hotspots of series of floods

The study identified a series of flood “hotspots” around the world. These include south-eastern China, Australia’s Northern Territory, Bangladesh, West Bengal and Gujarat in India, the US’s North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, and north-west Europe including the UK, northern France and northern Germany.

“This is critical research from a policy point of view, because it provides politicians with a credible estimate of the risks and costs we are facing, and a basis for taking action,” said Ian Young, an engineer at the University of Melbourne, and a co-author of the study.

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