Flooding in Bangladesh: People cry for food, drinking water

At least 11 rivers across the country are flowing over the danger line.

Earlier, millions of flood-affected people are facing acute crises of food and drinking water in different parts of the country as the overall flood situation turned for the worse on Wednesday.

The continuous swelling of major rivers caused flooding in new areas and river erosion has taken a serious turn in many places. Floodwaters have damaged many houses, crops, communications infrastructures, educational institutions and other establishments.

A large number of trees and crops on a vast tract of land were washed away by floodwaters and strong current.

The marooned people have taken shelter on embankments, roads, highlands and flood centres with their domestic animals and valuables as their houses have been washed away and crops damaged.

People who have been marooned by the flood are passing days with extreme miseries due to the shortages of food and pure drinking water.

It is feared that diarrhoea and other waterborne disease may break out in the food-hit areas. The flood-affected people are suffering much due to lack of adequate relief.

Thirteen major rivers were flowing above the danger level while the water levels at 56 river stations across the country marked a rise on Wednesday, according to the FFWC.

Flood victims are passing days in great distress due to the shortages of food and pure drinking water. The government’s relief materials were insufficient, locals alleged.

Meanwhile, the volume of relief and food aid distributed by individuals and private organisations among the flood victims has significantly reduced this year.

The poor response from individuals and private organisations might have caused for coronavirus, said locals in the flood-hit areas.

Many individuals and business institutions have been making less profit and incurring losses due to the pandemic. Thus, they were less interested in distributing relief, they added.

Also, a large number of affluent people do not want to go out of their houses to minimise the risk of being infected with Covid-19, they further added.