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UN Highlights Destruction Of Floods In Bangladesh

The latest reports from OCHA's humanitarian partners and authorities described 732,000 people as "waterlogged" across 21 of the 64 districts in Bangladesh. And more rain has been forecast.
28 Jul 2020 14:34
UN Highlights Destruction Of Floods In Bangladesh
A girl rows a boat in a flooded area in Munshiganj on the outskirts of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, on July 27, 2020. (Xinhua)

The United Nations on Monday highlighted the devastation caused by monsoon rains in Bangladesh, saying nearly a quarter of the country is flooded, affecting at least 3.3 million people, 40 percent of them children.

Humanitarian partners are responding, in coordination with the government, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

People make their way through a flooded road in Munshiganj on the outskirts of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, on July 27, 2020. (Xinhua)

People make their way through a flooded road in Munshiganj on the outskirts of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, on July 27, 2020. (Xinhua)

Nearly half of the 93 people who have died in about a month of flooding are children, OCHA said, citing an assessment just completed by the government and aid partners.

The latest reports from OCHA’s humanitarian partners and authorities described 732,000 people as “waterlogged” across 21 of the 64 districts in Bangladesh. And more rain has been forecast.

Photo taken on July 21, 2020 shows a flooded road in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Xinhua)

Photo taken on July 21, 2020 shows a flooded road in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Xinhua)

Flooding damaged housing and infrastructure, including dams, water wells, hygiene facilities and more than 1,900 schools. Health care services in many areas have been disrupted.

“Livelihoods, local markets, crops, livestock and fisheries have also been severely affected, which our humanitarian colleagues warn could also lead to increased food insecurity,” OCHA said.

 

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