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Floodwaters in the northern districts in the last two days kill 20: Maya

14 August 2017, 2:54:00

Disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya on Monday said that twenty people were killed by floodwaters in the northern districts in the last two days.


"A total of 5.86 lakh people of the 20 districts have become flood victims," said Maya on Monday while holding press conference on overall flood situation at Disaster Management and Relief Bhaban at Mohakhali in the city on Monday.




The minister said that the flood-hit districts are- Sylhet, Sunamganj, Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Dinajpur, Bogra, Sirajganj, Netrakona, Khagrachhari, Rangamati, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and three others.




The minister said that a total of 358 unions in 368 upazilas have been floods victims. Already, 973 shelter centres have been opened where 3,68,586 flood victims took shelter.




"Besides, the ministry cancelled all holidays of its officials and staffs to tackle floods," he said.




Maya said that the government allotted 13.630 lakh metric tonnes of rice and Tk 3.10 crore for the flood victims in 33 districts till August 14.




Nine more districts might be flooded in the days ahead and the low-lying areas surrounding Dhaka might also go under water, he warned.




"The government has also allotted 1,200 metric tonnes of rice, Tk 60 lakh and 15,000 packets of dry foods for the flood-hit people," said the minister.




He said that 200 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 5 lakh have been distributed as common allotment for every district.




Besides, medical teams formed for every flood-hit district, have been urged to visit shelter centres and provide services to the sufferers.




Maya also called upon the health department to provide water purifying tablets and ensure safe water in the flood-hit areas.


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