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40 lacs marooned as one-third of Bangladesh flooded

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Live Correspondent: More than 40 lac people have become homeless as nearly one third of the country has gone under flood water.

Md Sazzad Hossain, an executive engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), said, “Around 32 percent of the country was flooded in 2015. But now, it may have submerged a wider region.”

According to data provided by the disaster management control room, nearly 35 percent of of the country has been inundated by the flood caused by onrush of water from upstream and incessant rainfall.

As of August 18, 138 upazilas of 25 districts have been flooded.

Rangpur and Manikganj are also on the verge of going under water.

Md Sazzad Hossain said, “The situation up north is improving as Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Surma and Kushiyara rivers are receding but Padma is swelling up.”

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The swelling Padma might inundate Faridpur, Shariatpur, Manikganj and Munshiganj within 48 hours, said Sarder Udoy Raihan, an officer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.

However, he assured that Dhaka city is currently out of danger as the rivers surrounding it – Turag, Balu and Buriganga – are all flowing below the danger level.

Asked about the ongoing flood situation, Abdul Aziz, Deputy Chief of Ministry of Relief and Disaster Management, said that the total number of people marooned up until now was figured at 4,126,540.

The death toll following flood stood at 88, including a few cases of lightning strikes, he added.

Dhaka, 18 , August , (campuslive24.com) //AZ


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