Flood havoc in the state of Assam in Northeast India, including Bangladesh, has left a large number of people homeless. According to reports, lakhs of people are living in shelters. The difficulties of drinking water, food and health facilities have increased greatly.
Dhaka, Guwahati, Reuters. The flood situation is worsening in Bangladesh and Northeast India. According to officials, about 95 lakh people are facing shortage of drinking water and food. Due to heavy monsoon rains, 69 people have also lost their lives due to floods and problems arising out of it in the low-lying areas of Assam state of Northeast India and Bangladesh. A picture of the horrors there can be seen in the news broadcast on television. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday made an aerial tour of the flood-affected areas.
According to the Meteorological Department, monsoon causes heavy rains in South Asia between June and October. Due to which there is a disaster like flood in countries like Bangladesh. Environmentalists have warned that climate change could exacerbate the crisis. Atikul Haque, director general of Bangladesh’s disaster management department, said volunteers, including local administration, army, navy, police, fire and emergency service personnel, are engaged in the rescue work.
Sylhet and Sunamganj areas are facing heavy floods. It is being told that such a disaster has occurred after more than a century. UNICEF reported that 90 percent of its health facilities have been submerged. Due to this, the cases of water borne diseases are increasing. UNICEF said that it needs 2.5 million dollars to deal with this situation. According to UNICEF, 40 lakh people, including 1.6 million children trapped in the floods, are in need of immediate health help. According to television footage, the army is transporting relief materials with the help of helicopters in some areas of Bangladesh.
Former MLA of Sunamganj district Syed Rafikul Haque said that the shelters of the people affected by the floods are full. Food and water system is not good.
On the other hand, three districts of the Barak Valley in the state of Assam in the neighboring country of India have been isolated due to floods. At the same time, water has been filled till the waist in the Silchar city of the area.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the situation is very serious. But the rescue work is going on continuously through the Indian Army and paramilitary forces. Around 1000 people have been safely rescued in the last 72 hours.
According to the data of the India Meteorological Department, Assam and neighboring Meghalaya have received 134 per cent more rainfall than the average at this time of the year. The government says that about 47 lakh people have become homeless in Assam, of which 330,000 people are living in shelters. Mazharul Laskar, a retired government official from Silchar, told that he is 80 years old and he has never seen such a devastation before in his entire life.