Rise in diseases as flood situations improve


An increase in various diseases is reported from the flood-hit areas amid continuous improvement of flood situation in the country. 

Data from Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) shows 40,710 people suffer from different diseases including diarrhea, respiratory tract infection (RTI), skin diseases, eye inflammation, and snake bites in 33 flood-hit districts from June 30 to August 12.

Of the flood-hit districts, Madaripur sees the highest number of 16,629 people being affected with various diseases, according to the DGHS’s Health Emergency Operations Center and Control Room.

Some 2,785 medical teams are working for the treatment of the affected people in these areas, said the Control Room.

Nearly about 5.5 million people remain stranded in 33 flood-hit districts with people taking shelters in 1,567 centers in the country’s north, northeast and central regions.

Officials said children are at high risk of being infected with diseases due to flood.

“Children, who can swim, become more mischief seeing flood waters, posing  more risk of getting infected with water borne diseases,” Jahedul Islam, civil surgeon in the north-central district of Sirajganj, told Bangladesh Post.

Islam said some 93 medical teams have been deployed across his district since flood hit the area.

“Snake bite vaccine (anti-venom) has been delivered to the district’s state-run hospital,” he added.

According to this official, children who do not know how to swim often drown while playing in flood water.

Death during flood

According to the health department, 169 people drown while 17 others died of snake bite during floods.

Jamalpur and Tangail saw maximum loss of lives due to the deluge with 31 deaths each while Kurigram recorded 23 deaths, while Manikganj 19 and Sirajganj and Gaibandha reported 15 deaths each.

Three people drowned in Sunamganj, Kishoreganj and Gazipur while another died of snake bite in Faridpur.

Deaths were also reported from Nilphamari, Rangpur, Rajbari, Netrokona, Naogaon, Dhaka, Shariatpur, Munshiganj and Gopalganj.

Flood situations improving

The flood situation has further improved as a result of continuous recession of upstream water and rapid decline in water level of all rivers in the country, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

The FFWC measured the water level at 101 points of different rivers in the country with water declining at 86 points and flowing above danger mark at 8 points.

Besides, all ministries are working together to control the flood situation. Water purification tablets and medicines are being distributed in flood-hit areas to minimise the causality. 

Officials, however, warned of another wave of flood this month.

Citing the Flood Forecasting Center, AKM Rafiqul Islam, sub-divisional engineer at Bangladesh Water Development Board, “Even though the water level in the Jamuna River has receded for the last couple of days, another wave of flood may hit in August.”