Floods: 10 die in 24 hours as death toll climbs to 129

Flood-affected people are seen on water as they wait for a boat to cross a stream in Jamalpur, Bangladesh, 18 July, 2020
Flood-affected people are seen on water as they wait for a boat to cross a stream in Jamalpur, Bangladesh, 18 July, 2020Reuters

Although floodwater started to recede in some districts, the affected people are yet to see any respite from their sufferings due to lack of food and drinking water.

A total of 10 people have died from causes related to flood in the last 24 hours till Tuesday noon, raising the death toll to 129.

According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, the flood situation may improve in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogura, Jamalpur and Naogaon district until Wednesday noon while it is likely to remain unchanged in Natore, Sirajganj, Tangail, Manikganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Chandpur, Rajbari, Shariatpur, Dhaka, Narayanganj and Brahmanbaria districts.

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Md Rezaul Karim, deputy commissioner of Kurigram, said a total of 16,100 families in 22 unions of nine upazilas were affected by the first phase of floods when 11 people drowned.

In the second phase of floods, 63,130 families in 56 unions were reported to have been inundated while eight people drowned in floodwater.

The district saw erosion along 7 kilometres of riverbank and damage of crops on 7,767 hectares of land.

10 die in 7 districts

A total of 10 people have died from causes related to flood in seven districts in a span of 24 hours until Tuesday noon, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a regular bulletin.

According to the DGHS, six people drowned in flood water in Lalmonirhat, Sirajganj, Jamalpur, Tangail, Rajbari and Munshiganj districts while two died in lightning strikes in Jamalpur and Tangail while two more in Gaibandha.