Staff Correspondent ;
Dhaka – The flooding triggered by monsoon rain in Bangladesh has affected nearly 1.5 million people in northern parts of the South Asian country.
The flooding may submerge more areas in the central part of the country as major rivers have been swelling further their banks, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center.
State Minister for disaster management Enamur Rahman said more than 1.4 people in 17 districts have been affected by the floods that began in the late June. With a brief recess, the rivers are now bursting further inundating more areas.
The minister said more than 20,000 people have been moved to 35 shelters opened for the affected people/
Emergency supply of rice, dry food, bottled water and cash money had been dispatched in the affected areas. Special allocation was given for house-building materials, he said.
Water Development Board reported the major rivers continue to rise in the past week as a result of heavy rain in parts of Bangladesh and India, where the major river system flows down to Bangladesh, a Himalayan delta with more than 160 million populations.
Bangladesh shares at least 54 rivers with India.
The South Asian country experience flooding almost every year, but a flood in 1998 had caused extensive damage as it lasted for more than two months and submerged two-thirds of the country.