More than 1200 people have died in floods and accompanying epidemics in Bangladesh in the last two months.
More than 1200 people have died in floods and accompanying epidemics in Bangladesh in the last two months. The Ploods are the worst in living memory and they have claimed more than half the victims. Most of the others died in a cholera epidemic, caused by flooding.
On Thursday (August 8) floodwaters submerged areas of the capital, Dacca, and many residents were moved to temporary relief camps. Almost 200 people have died in the Dacca area alone.
Floodwaters in the northern part of the country began falling slightly on Friday (August 9) and villagers began returning to their water-logged homes. However, the Food Ministry has announced that 90,000 acres of farm-land have been destroyed in the floods, and this will pose a grave food problem.
The cholera epidemic is also proving a massive problem for health authorities. They say there are adequate supplies of vaccine, but there are not enough volunteers to administer them. About 12,000 people had been grafted to launch a mass vaccination campaign, but subsequently many of them backed out.
In all, about 20 million people in Bangladesh, have been affected by the floods, which could prove to be the worst natural disaster to hit the country since the cyclone in 1970, which killed a million people.