Flood claims 20 lives in two days: Minister

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 14 Aug 2017, 20:01:30
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Flood claims 20 lives in two days: Minister

0.5m people become victims in 20 districts
Twenty people were killed by floodwaters in the northern districts in the last two days. A total of 586,000 people of the 20 districts have become flood victims.

Disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya revealed the information on Monday. The minister was briefing reporters on overall flood situation at Disaster Management and Relief Bhaban at Mohakhali in Dhaka, reports UNB.

He said that the flood-hit districts are: Sylhet, Sunamganj, Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Dinajpur, Bogra, Sirajganj, Netrakona, Khagrachhari, Rangamati, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and three others.

The minister said that a total of 358 unions in 368 upazilas were affected by floods. Already, 973 shelter centres were opened where 3,68,586 flood victims took shelter.

“Besides, the ministry cancelled all holidays of its officials and staffs to tackle floods,” he said.

Maya said that the government allotted 1.36 million metric tonnes of rice and Tk 31.0 million for the flood victims in 33 districts till August 14.

Nine more districts might be flooded in the days ahead and the low-lying areas surrounding Dhaka might also go under water, he warned.

“The government has also allotted 1,200 metric tonnes of rice, Tk 6.15 million packets of dry foods for the flood-hit people,” said the minister.

He said that 200 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 0.5 million were distributed as common allotment for every district.

Besides, medical teams formed for every flood-hit district, have been urged to visit shelter centres and provide services to the sufferers.

Maya also called upon the health department to provide water purifying tablets and ensure safe water in the flood-hit areas.

He also ordered to rebuild the flood embankments collapsed by floodwaters.

“Following the order of Prime Minister, the overall flood situation is under surveillance by the ministry. Besides, the Prime Minister is also taking regular updates of flood situation,” said Maya.

“We have stocked adequate food, relief items for the flood victims,” the minister continued.

He also said that the government has already taken adequate measures considering the recent floods in the neighbouring countries - Nepal, Bhutan and India.
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