Thursday, 14 Dec 2017

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Food, drinking water crisis acute in flood-hit dists

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Health Desk--- 14 July, 2017: The shortage of food and safe drinking water is alarmingly increasing in the flood-hit northern districts where thousands of people have been left marooned.

The flood situation has remained grave there for the last three to four days as the Jamuna and the Brahmaputra were flowing above the danger level, resulting in a crisis of food and safe water.

Many educational institutions have been shut down. Thousands of hectares of cultivable land have gone under water. Massive river erosion was looming at some places.

Several flood-hit people said relief goods allocated for them by the government was inadequate.

The Jamuna, Dharla, Ghagot, Atrai, Dhaleswari, Kobadak, Surma and Kushiyara were flowing over the danger mark at places following heavy rain in the last couple of days.

According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre of Bangladesh Water Development Board, the water level of the Jamuna might slightly rise.

The Ganges and the Padma may continue rising in next 48 hours while the Surma was also showing rising trends.

In Kurigram, flood has left some 1,78,232 people of 42 unions marooned.  At least 50 flood-hit families have taken shelter on an embankment of the Bramaputra river in Jattrapur union under Kurigram Sadar upazila.

Flood victims of Shariakandi upazila of Bogra were facing a crisis of food and medicines. But the local administration said it was distributing rice and money every day.

The flood situation in Gaibandha has worsened as the water level of the Jamuna increased.

Over 1.5 lakh people have been affected by flood in 30 unions in five upazilas of Sirajganj. Many complained that they were not getting sufficient relief goods.