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Flood claims eight lives in five districts

16 Jul 2020 19:07, Somoy English Desk
Flood claims eight lives in five districts
Flood claims eight lives in five districts

Floods caused by seasonal rains and onrush of water from hills have so far claimed eight lives in five districts.

Besides, 2,246,472 people in18 districts have also been affected by the natural disaster.

 State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Enamur Rahman came up with the statistics at a virtual press conference on the overall flood situation in the country at the Secretariat on Thursday.

He said 2,246,472 people of 535 unions under 92 upazilas in 18 districts have been affected by the floods.

The minister said the floods caused the deaths of four people in Jamalpur and one each in Lalmonirhat, Sunamaganj, Sylhet and Tangail.

He said 1,544 shelters have been opened in the 12 worst-hit districts where 20,705 people and 56,031 cattle took shelter. 

Besides, 596 medical teams have been formed and 197 of them are now working. Ansar, village police, volunteers and NGO representatives are working in the flood shelters.

In addition to complying with the health hygiene and social distance rules in the shelters, he said everyone has been instructed to use masks due to the prevalence of coronavirus.

Enamur said jute, pulses and vegetables were damaged due to the floods.

Besides, the seedbed of Aman paddy has also been damaged. 

“To cope with this loss, the Ministry of Agriculture will plant Aman seeds in high places and provide it to the farmers free of cost.”

The state minister also said that the flood situation in Sirajganj, Tangail, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Rajbari and low-lying areas in Dhaka could worsen in the next couple of days.

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