21 dead, 26 lakh people affected by Bangladesh floods

Flood continued to ravage several areas of  Bangladesh, especially in the north eastern parts of the country affecting 18 districts in the country including Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Jamalpur, Rajshahi, Faridpur and Feni.

According to the Ministry of Disaster Management more than 26 lakh people have been affected by floods in the country. 21 people have died so far due to floods. Large parts of Kurigram, Shariatpur and Sunamganj districts also is under water.

Meanwhile, relief measures have been taken up by the government in the flood affected areas. It has set up 1,443 flood relief centres where more than 61,000 people have taken shelter. Close to 600 additional medical centres have also been set up in these districts.

In the Brahmaputra basin rivers are above danger level at 17 points, in the Ganges basin at 4 points and in Meghna basin at 3 points.  According to the latest flood bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) issued at 9 a.m. on Monday, water level showed an increase over 67 points along the 101 observation points across the four river basins in the country.

Dhaleswari at Elasin, Atrai at Baghabari and Padma at Goalundo were flowing more than 100 centimetre above the danger mark on Monday morning.

Rains also continued to lash several parts of the country. Chilmari, Dhaka , Tangail, Dinajpur, Rajshahi, Sunamganj, Bhairab bazar and Narsingdi received rainfall in excess of 100 mm on Monday.

The Met department of Bangladesh has predicted  light to moderate rain at most places over Rangpur, Rajshahi,Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chattogram & Sylhet divisions & at many places over Khulna and  Barisal divisions in the country.