Bangladesh floods: 73 dead, millions of children are at risk

Five more people have died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of flood deaths in Bangladesh to 73, according to officials. An estimated 2,000 children were suffering from severe acute malnutrition before the floods hit.

Five more people have died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of flood deaths in Bangladesh to 73, according to officials. An estimated 2,000 children were suffering from severe acute malnutrition before the floods hit.

According to UNICEF representative, Yett Sheldon lifesaving treatment for the condition also has been disrupted. Moreover, 90 percent of health facilities have been flooded, interrupting immunization and other vital services.

49 fatalities were reported from drowning while the rest died in flood-related cases, including lightning strikes, snake bites, diarrhea, skin diseases, and landslides.

Hundreds of thousands of people in isolated flood-affected areas have been stranded without relief for more than a week.

Deputy Commissioner of Sylhet, Md. Mojibur Rahman told Anadolu Agency, that the government has provided plenty of relief supplies for those in need. However, several people stranded in far-off places could not be reached because of the communication breakdown.

“We have allocated 1,400 metric tons of rice and hand cash of 270 million Bangladeshi Taka ($3 million) and 13,000 packets of dry food only for Sylhet district. All other affected districts have been provided almost the same,” said Rahman to Anadolu Agency.

A significant river in India, the River Barak, flows through the states of Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Assam before entering the northeastern border of Bangladesh.

The greatest flood to hit the country’s northeast in a century has somewhat eased in some areas but is still getting worse in others. Life is gradually getting back to normal in northeastern Bangladesh, which was wrecked by the worst floods in a century. However, because they have lost everything and must now start anew, people’s misery is far from done.

Millions of people — many of whom suffered another significant flood last month — have been devastated by the worsening floods that have so far affected 13 districts in Bangladesh, destroying vast croplands.

However, The United Nations Children’s Fund has issued a dire call for the assistance of millions of children in Bangladesh who are at serious risk from severe floods.

According to UNICEF, the children’s situation has swiftly gotten worse over the past week as a result of the flash floods. 3.5 million children in Bangladesh, according to UNICEF representative Sheldon Yett, needs clean drinking water immediately.

Yett claims that UNICEF and allies have been assisting the government in a battle for survival. He claims that 1,750,000 water purification pills, thousands of hygiene kits for women and adolescent girls, and thousands of other essential supplies have all been delivered.

He claims that in order to fund its emergency response, UNICEF urgently needs $2.5 million.