Monsoon floods continued to worsen in Bangladesh on Friday with more rains forecast as gushing waters swamped up school building and other structures putting lives of affected people in distress.
At least one-third of Bangladesh has been submerged by monsoon floods, the worst in the past several years affecting at least 3 million people, international organisations said.
Bangladesh’s Meteorological Department on Friday forecast light to heavy rains will pound this deltaic South Asian country meaning newer areas will be flooded.
Twenty-nine people have so far died since the flooding began in late June. More than 20 of them are children drowned in the floodwaters.
TV clips showed schools buildings and other structures were being swallowed by the major Jamuna river, while river bank erosion is wreaking havoc in marts of this calamity-prone country.
Already suffering from economic hardships due to COVID-19, thousands of people have become unemployed and many quitting cities to survive in their village homes.
Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said: “Millions of people across Bangladesh, India and Nepal have been marooned, their homes damaged and crops destroyed by floods that are the worst in recent years.
“People in Bangladesh, India and Nepal are sandwiched in a triple disaster of flooding, the coronavirus and an associated socioeconomic crisis of loss of livelihoods and jobs. Flooding of farm lands and destruction of crops can push millions of people, already badly impacted by the COVID-19, further into poverty.”
The government has taken measures to minimise miseries of the affected. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that Bangladesh has faced far worse natural calamities and the people will win over the current situation.
Under her, one of the worst floods in history in 1998, Bangladesh proved wrong forecast of deaths by hunger. None died from hunger and some 200 from drowning, diarrhoea and snake bites.
Areas close to Dhaka have been submerged as rains left lives paralysed with flooded streets.