Emphasis is being on relief and health

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Emphasis is being on relief and health

Amdadul Haque: The government has made various plans to distribute relief and tackle water borne diseases for the flood affected people as a third of Bangladesh is under water.


Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) officials have said that a third of the country is under water after some of the heaviest rains in a decade.


FFWC chief Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan said, “about a third of flood-prone Bangladesh was underwater, and at least 1.5 million people had been affected, with homes and roads in villages flooded. This is going to be the worst flood in a decade.”


However, 18 districts have been flooded amid coronavirus situation and thousands of people have been affected by the floods. Cyclone shelters and shelters have been set up in flood-hit areas. The Disaster Management and Relief Ministry warned that 23 districts would be affected by the floods.


The monsoon is active over Bangladesh and moderate over North Bay. This is likely to bring light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind at many places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Khulna, Barishal and Chattogram divisions and over Rajshahi and Dhaka divisions, which will worsen the floods situations in the country.


Suraiya Begum, a day labourer from Sunamganj sid, “We’ve taken shelter beside a road and we’re out of work.”

“Our children are with us and we can’t get a square meal. We don’t have anything good to eat. You cannot imagine how we are going through this,” she added.


Meanwhile, waterborne diseases like diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid have been reported in many places. The government is providing medicines and pure water to combat water borne diseases.


According to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, from July 1 to July 13, 8,210 tonnes of rice, 2,82,50,000 Tk, 74,000 packets of dry food, Tk 48 lakh for cow feed and Tk 48 lakh for baby food were allocated in the flood-hit districts.


A letter has been sent to the concerned deputy commissioners on July 10 to help the flood-hit people. Besides, a letter has been sent to the agriculture officials to send a list determining the amount of damage to crops, fish farms and other crops due to the floods.


An official from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief said 50,000 water purification tablets had been sent to the flood-hit districts. 3 mobile water treatment plants with a capacity of 2,000 liters have been sent to each district. Necessary spare parts for tube well repair have been provided. Soap, hand sanitizer and bleaching powder have been sent. Goods have been sent for installation of 200 new tube wells in each flood-hit district. 200 temporary toilets have been constructed. 1 thousand tube well disinfection goods have been sent.


The State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief, Md Enamur Rahman said, “the government is on the side of the people in the floods. As per the demand of the deputy commissioners, adequate relief assistance and cash has been provided across the country.”


However, many houses in the flood-hit areas have been flooded, roads have been submerged and communication is being disrupted. There is a lack of clean water in these areas. River erosion continues in different areas.


According to the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), this second phase flood this season may continue at a stretch till the end of July and it could prolong in the next month too on the basis of rainfall with water levels of major rivers remaining above danger marks.


According to the special flood report dated on 16 July by Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), so far, a total of 2,246,472 people in 18 districts are affected by this fresh flood, it also reported six people have died. Total 1,086 flood shelters are opened in 18 districts and 55,930 people have taken refuge there.