8 killed, over 2 million marooned as flood worsens countrywide 

8 killed, over 2 million marooned as flood worsens countrywide 
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DHAKA: State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman said eight people have been killed so far and more than two million marooned as flood situation deteriorated across the country.  

He also said the water level in Padma basin will continue to rise in the next 48 hours.

The state minister came up with the information at an online press briefing on the overall flood situations of the country at secretariat on Thursday (July 16).

He said: “A total of 4,87,376 families have been affected in 92 upazilas under 18 districts. Moreover, four persons in Jamalpur, and one each in Lalmonirhat, Sunamganj, Sylhet and Tangail districts have been killed in flood.”

Expressing hope that his year’s flood won’t linger for long, the state minister said water levels of most rivers have started to go down. Those rising will come down within 48 hours, as forecasted.

Noting a report of Flood Forecasting & Warning Centre, Bangladesh, Dr Enamur said Brahmaputra river is stable now while Jamuna is overflowing. In the next 48 hours, water level of Brahmaputra will fall and Jamuna will be stable. 

Water level of Ganga-Padma river basin is rising and it will continue the trend for next 48 hours. Meanwhile some places will see improvement while some others will see deterioration, he said.

The flood situation in Sunamganj and Kurigram districts will improve in the next 24 hours while situation in Sirajganj, Tangail, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Shariatpur districts is expected to deteriorate further, the state minister said.

Mentioning that 544 shelter centres have been opened in 12 flood-hit districts, he said a total of 30,705 people with 56,031 livestock already took shelter there. Members of Ansar, Village police, volunteers and NGO representatives are working in the shelter centres.

The state minister also said that the government has formed 596 medical teams for providing emergency health service to flood victims and 197 of them are already working in the field.

All working in the shelter centres were advised to use face masks and maintain health guidelines, he added.

BDST: 1815 HRS, JULY 16, 2020

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