Floods, currently raging in Bangladesh, have claimed the lives of more than one hundred victims.?
Floods, currently raging in Bangladesh, have claimed the lives of more than one hundred victims. On Wednesday (July 31st) one third of the country was under water.
The Prime Minister, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, broke off his tour of Northern Bangladesh and returned to Dacca to coordinate relief for flood victims. British, Canadian and Indian Red Cross organisations have promised their help in the crisis.
Fifteen million people have been forced to evacuate their homes. The army has been called out to rescue many people marooned in the worst hit area. Refugees flocked of safer parts of the country where refugee camps have been set up.
Damage estimates continue to rise alarmingly. One report writes off as a total loss 90 percent of the crops in 11 of the country's 19 districts. Train services have been disrupted especially in the south. Government relief agencies reported that thousands of miles of roads and embankment have been destroyed.
The current floods are widely believed to be the worst this century. The capital, Dacca, had five inches of rain in one day alone. There have been unconfirmed reports of cholera in many areas and there are fears of famine.