Dhaka – The monsoon flooding has submerged more areas in the northern part of Bangladesh killing at least 57 people despite water-levels in one of the major rivers started receding, officials said on Wednesday.
Most of the victims were drowned while some others were died of snake bites and as their homes collapsed on them, said Abdul Kuddus Bulbul, an official at the control room of disaster management department.
He said, according to official counts, more than 3.32 million people in 22 districts in the north, north-east and south-western Bangladesh are affected by the rain-triggered flood.
The official counts show the highest 23 people died in Dinajpur district followed by nine in neighbouring Kurigram district. Five each were killed in Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari districts and three people were died in south-western Jessore district.
Two each were killed in Chapainawabganj,, Sunamganj, Netrokona and Gaibandha districts while one each were died in Molvibazar, Thakurgaon, Sirajganj and Jamalpur district. One person still remained missing in Kurigram district, said the official.
Flood Forecasting and Warning Center of the Water Development Board has said the Jamuna and Ganges rivers will continue to rise in the next 48 hours ending August 18. The Brahmaputra is likely to register fall during this time, it added.
The Surma and Kushiyara in the Meghna Basin will remain steady in the next 24 hours. Most of the rivers were, however, flowing over danger level, according to the center.
The government opened nearly 5,000 temporary shelters to accommodate the flood affected people. More than 350,000 people were moved to the shelters as their homes were submerged.
The government has allocated 2541 tonnes of rice to be distributed among the flood victims. The district administrations have already disbursed Tk 10.05 million as emergency support.