More than half a million people affected in Bangladesh floods

PV Desk : As many as 586,000 people in 20 districts have been affected in the second round of floods during the monsoon this year, says the disaster management ministry.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury said that the shelters in the flood-hit areas have taken in a total of 368,586 people so far.

The government has been making preparations since the severe flooding in upstream countries like, China, India, Nepal and Bhutan, he said.

“We have been carefully monitoring the situation in those countries,” he said. “After all, the water will naturally flow downstream to us.”

Fresh floods have waterlogged 356 Upazilas in 20 districts, including northeastern districts of Sylhet, Sunamganj and Netrokona, northern districts of Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Bogra, Sirajganj and the hill tract districts Rangamati and Khagrachari.

So far, 27 flood-related deaths have been reported from the northern part of the country — 13 in Dinajpur, 11 in Kurigram and three in Lalmonirhat.