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Over 4m at risk of food insecurity, diseases : IFRC

Four more districts likely to inundate in next 24 hours

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Staff Reporter :
Four more districts of central Bangladesh are likely to be inundated in the next 24 hours worsening the country's flood situation further, according to the Water Development Board's Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).
These districts are Faridpur, Rajbari, Munshiganj and Manikganj.
"Onrush of water from upstream and gradual rise in water level in major rivers system will cause flooding in these districts," an official of the FFWC told The New Nation.
Of the districts, situation will be worst in Faridpur, leaving thousands of people stranded.
So far 21 districts have been affected by flood, according to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.
The affected districts are Chattogram, Bandarban, Khagrachhari, Rangamati, Cox's Bazar, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Sunamganj, Habiganj, Netrokona, Sylhet, Bogura, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Moulvibazar, Feni, Brahmanbaria, Sherpur, Tangail, Jamalpur and Sirajganj.
Among the districts, flood situation in Bogra, Jamalpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha Netrokona, Sunamganj and Sylhet districts may improve in next 24 hours, while the situation in Tangail and Sirajganj districts may remain stable, according to the FFWC.
Days of severe rains have battered the northern and southeastern part of Bangladesh, putting more than 4 million people at risk of food insecurity and disease, says International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Friday.
It says that floods and landslides have damaged roads and vital infrastructure leaving hundreds of thousands stranded, and without power and electricity. More than 66,000 homes
 have been destroyed. Food and clean water shortages are being reported, as well as a rise in waterborne diseases.
Azmat Ulla, the Head of the Bangladesh Office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said: "These communities are reeling under the full force of the monsoon rains and the ensuing floods and landslides. Even if the rains recede, overflowing rivers upstream will worsen the flooding in the coming days."
Food crops are under threat of being wiped out by floods across major farming and agricultural lands. There are fears that destruction of crops may lead to food shortages. Those who are most at risk include children, breastfeeding mothers, pregnant women, and the elderly.
The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society has mobilized 675 volunteers to support communities in the flood-affected districts. In addition to carrying out rapid assessments, teams are distributing food, clean water, hygiene kits and tarpaulins to families whose homes were destroyed or damaged by the landslides.
Md. Feroz Salah Uddin, Secretary General of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society said, "Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed which puts people further in the direct path of dangerous floods. We are seriously concerned about access to the affected populations. A critical priority for Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteers right now is to reach these stricken communities with relief supplies."
In response to the heavy flooding IFRC has just released 452,439 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund that will allow the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society to provide food, relief items and cash for 10,000 of the most affected families living in the worst hit districts.

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