“Two hundred and fifty people have died in the flood-hit areas of the country this year. Most of them have drowned. However, 67,301 people have been affected by various diseases including diarrhea, skin diseases and bronchitis in the 33 flood-hit districts. Of these, half are diarrhea”, the information came up in the report ,‘Update on Natural Disasters and Flood Deaths’ of the control room of the National Health Crisis Management Center of the Department of Health. The data for the last two months from June 30 to August 28 was released. Of the 251 people in the flood-hit area, 210 drowned, 13 were struck by lightning, 25 by snake bites, one by diarrhea and two by injuries. The update has published at Daily Ittefaq today.
But the ministry of disaster management and relief said on 25 August 2020 that only 42 person have died during the floods. So there have controversy in number of death between Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and National Health Management Crisis Center.
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LOSS AND DAMAGES OF FLOOD 2020
Dr. Md. Enamur Rahman MP, the state minister for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief at the post-flood press conference on 25 August 2020 briefed about the loss and damages of floods. He said, “Thirty-three districts across the country were affected by the floods. In the next phase, seven coastal districts have been flooded due to tidal water. A total of 40 districts have been affected causing a total loss or more than Tk. 5972.76 crore.”
- Flood of 1998: it lasted for 69 days and submerged 50 percent of areas.
- Flood of 2020: it lasted for 46 days and affected 30 percent areas.
- The worst flood affected areas: Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Tangail, Shariatpur, Madaripur and Munshiganj.
- Flood hits in 40 districts and lasted for 46 days.
- Total Number of house damaged: 6 lakh 37 thousand 622
- Total Number of Families affected: 13 lakh 43 thousand 121 families.
- Total Number of people affected: 43 lakh 14 thousand 793 people.
- The amount of damaged seedbed: 2 lakh 11 thousand 728 hectares.
- Total amount of hatchery damaged: 6 thousand 521 hectares.
- Damaged power line: 463 km.
- Total Number of affected religious institutions: 3,307
- Total Number of affected educational institutions: 63,456 (51 completely damaged).
- Damaged Embankment: 505 km (completely damaged 36 km).
The country may witness another flood in late September and a cyclone between October and November though the earlier shock of flood and cyclone hav not been resolved completely.