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Over 20,000 people hit by post-flood diseases

  • Published at 11:56 pm August 4th, 2019
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Flood-affected people including children wait in a queue to receive safe water in Gaibandha Dhaka Tribune

DGHS Health Emergency Operations Center and control room reported that around 8,201 people have been affected with diarrhoea, while 2,309 have been suffering from respiratory tract infections, with one death

The flood waters may be gradually receding after ravaging the northern, north eastern, and coastal regions of the country, but a new challenge has emerged for the victims, in the form of  waterborne diseases.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said yesterday in the capital that a total of 20,728 people in the 28 flood-hit districts have been infected by various waterborne diseases, including diarrhoea, and skin disorders.


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DGHS Health Emergency Operations Center and control room reported that around 8,201 people have been affected with diarrhoea, while 2,309 have been suffering from respiratory tract infections, with one death.

Furthermore, 2,791 people are afflicted with skin disorders, 710 people are suffering from impaired vision, while 6,717 people are dealing with other health related issues.

The DGHS has already taken action, and formed 2,462 medical teams for deployment to the affected areas.

The medical teams have been instructed to provide support to the flood victims, DGHS assistant director Ayesha Akhter said.


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According to the DGHS, at least 119 people died in Bangladesh in the monsoon floods between July 10 to August 3. They include 98 people who drowned, 10 people who died from snake bites, and seven people died of lightning strikes.

Thousands of people have been affected in the 28 districts, leaving people stranded in water-logged areas, putting them at risk of waterborne diseases, DGHS added.

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.