Over half a million people stuck in 13 flood-affected districts

Some 650,000 people have been trapped as the floods have now hit 13 northern and northeastern districts, according Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury.

Mofazzal also claimed that there was ‘no shortage’ of relief materials and urged all to stand beside the flood-affected people.

Since the beginning of July, floods and heavy rains have left several districts in the northern and northeastern part of the country inundated.

The Met office has forecasted heavy rains in the next few days, which will aggravate the situation.

Minister Chowdhury said on Tuesday that the floods have affected the districts of Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Cox’s Bazar, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Bogra, Jamalpur and Sirajganj.

More districts may be affected if the flood waters in the north recede to the central part of the country.

Waters in nine rivers of the country were flowing above the danger level in 17 points and were rising in 55 other points until Tuesday.

Chowdhury also said, “There have been floods this year in India, China, Nepal and Bhutan, which will affect Bangladesh.”

“We have distributed 4,000 tonnes of rice, 18,500 packets of dry food and disbursed Tk 10.95 million in cash to marooned people in 13 districts between July 3 and 11,” he said, adding that around 650,000 people in 45 Upazila of these districts have been affected.

The minister said he will be starting to visit the flood-affected areas in the northern part of the country on Thursday.

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