September 30, 2020, 3:57 pm


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Published:
2020-08-08 10:10:53 BdST

Eight more deaths take flood death toll to 169


The ongoing flood in the country claimed eight more lives in the last 24 hours taking the death toll to 169 on Friday.

A total of 160 upazilas across the country have been affected by flood that set in during the last week of June, and is yet to subside fully, said a bulletin of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

People in Kurigram, Madaripur, Sirajganj, Tangail, Faridpur and Netrakona have been the worst sufferers of the deluge.

Among the deceased, 29 died in Jamalpur, 28 in Tangail, 22 in Kurigram, 17 in Manikganj, 15 in Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, 14 in Sirajganj, 5 each in Netrakona, Dhaka, 3 each in Rangpur, Sunamganj, Munshiganj, two in each of Nilphamari, Naogaon, Kishoreganj and one in Rajbari, Shariatpur, according to DGHS.

The government has prepared 1567 shelters in flood -affected districts.

Meanwhile, a recent study stated that Bangladesh is one of the hotspots of a series of floods across the world, noting that 250 million coastal dwellers will face rising floods globally.

The study identifies a series of flood "hotspots" around the world. These include south-eastern China, Australia's Northern Territory, Bangladesh, West Bengal and Gujarat in India, the US states of North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, and north-west Europe including the UK, northern France and northern Germany.

"This is critical research from a policy point of view, because it provides politicians with a credible estimate of the risks and costs we are facing, and a basis for taking action," said Ian Young, an engineer at the University of Melbourne, and a co-author of the study.

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