Monsoon floods have so far killed 25 people as heavy rains pounced deltaic Bangladesh, but officials said on Tuesday that the situation is likely to improve after several days.
The calamity-prone South Asian country is fighting COVID-19 as new cases continued rise and more than 2,700 people have died from the pandemic so far.
Run-off from the hills in neighbouring India and heavy monsoon rains triggered the current floods that has affected “one-third” of this overcrowded country.
Officials at the government’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) told newsnextbd.com that water has been gushing in from the upstream and rains have also been heavy which could lead to a major deluge, the worst in about a decade.
More than 2.7 million people have so far been affected as the gushing floods water have not only affected northern and north-eastern parts of Bangladesh, but districts close to the capital Dhaka have also been submerged.
The deaths were mainly due to drowning and snake bites.
The Disaster Management and Relief Ministry has alerted at least 23 districts to prepare for facing the monsoon floods.
The FFWC said the flood situation in capital Dhaka would deteriorate further in the next 24 hours as gushing waters headed to the Bay of Bengal.
Thousands of people in low-lying areas are witnessing the second phase of floods this season due to rise of water levels of major rivers in the country, according to the Reliefweb.
Bangladesh went under water during severe flooding in 1988 and 1998, but the government machinery, like cyclone Amphan, is ready to face any eventualities and emergency aid is being dispatched to the affected.
Deltaic Bangladesh is criss-crossed by over 800 rivers and canals, with small scale monsoon floods is common every year.