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Bangladesh cyclone toll climbs to 3,447 dead--official
Publish Date : Tue, 20 Nov 2007

Agence France-Presse
Last updated 02:26pm (Mla time) 11/20/2007

 

DHAKA -- The death toll from the devastating cyclone Sidr which crashed into Bangladesh's southern coast last week rose Tuesday to 3,447, officials said.

"The death toll has reached 3,447 and the number may rise again," said Major Kamrul Islam of the armed forces control room.


UNICEF Humanitarian Action Update South Asia floods 25 Sep 2007
Publish Date : Tue, 25 Sep 2007

UNICEF IS RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN AND WOMEN IN THE AREAS OF HEALTH AND NUTRITION, WATER AND SANITATION, EDUCATION AND CHILD PROTECTION

- Heavy floods and landslides in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan have affected millions of children and their families.

- Thousands of villages have been marooned, leaving millions of people displaced.

- While flood waters have begun to recede, the threat from hunger, disease and malnutrition continues for the affected populations.

- UNICEF’s biggest priority is to prevent serious disease outbreaks and to protect the health and nutritional status of women and children. UNICEF also focuses on getting children back to school.


Flood situation improves in Bangladesh

New Age

Bangladesh, Monday, September 17, 2007

 

A couple moves to a safe place wading through a road submerged by flood water as a rickshaw and an autorickshaw pass by at Harirampur in Manikganj on Sunday. — Focusbangla photo
Flood situation started improving on Sunday as major rivers receded although they kept flowing above danger mark, said bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.

The flood warning centre said flooding in the nine central districts — Rajbari, Faridpur, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Gopalganj, Chandpur, and in Dhaka’s Nawabganj and Dohar that have freshly flooded — will start improving from today.

The New Age correspondent in Manikganj said around one lakh people marooned at Ghior, Daulatpur, Harirampur and Saturia were facing an acute shortage of food and drinking water. Hundreds of flood victims in the district have contracted waterborne diseases.

The correspondent in Gopalganj said 17 unions of Muksudpur and some of Kashiyani and Kotalipara were inundated on Sunday.

Dhaka braces for fresh flooding
Publish Date : Sat, 15 Sep 2007

Bangladesh, Saturday, September 15, 2007

 


Water from the upstream coupled with rainwater flooded many areas in Sylhet. Photo shows rickshawpullers carrying passengers on a road that has gone under waist-deep water at Darpanagar in Jakiganj upazila. Photo: Focus Bangla

Dhaka is bracing for a second spell of floods this season with water level of the Buriganga, Turag, Sitalakhya and Balu rivers rising for the last one week. Fresh areas in Manikganj and Munshiganj districts adjoining Dhaka went under floodwater yesterday.

The flood forecasting and warning centre (FFWC) yesterday said flood situation is deteriorating in the south and central parts of the country and is likely to worsen further in the next 24 hours. The situation is improving in most of the northern districts.

The districts where floodwater is receding include Sylhet, Sunamganj, Hobiganj, Moulvibazar, Netrokona, Sherpur, Comilla, Feni, Noakhali and Lakshmipur.

The FFWC bulletin said the Ganges-Padma continued to rise and is likely to rise further slowly in the next 24-48 hrs.

New floods hit Bangladesh
Publish Date : Sun, 09 Sep 2007

9 September 2007


DHAKA - More than 100,000 Bangladeshis have been displaced or marooned, some for the second time in as many months, after heavy rains brought fresh floods to the country, officials said Sunday.

Thousands of villages in the north of the delta nation were inundated at the weekend, many of them after being hit by the devastating floods of late July and early August, officials said.

 

In Sirajganj district, among the worst hit by the first spell of flooding, a surge of water from rivers overflowing their banks displaced or marooned tens of thousands, district administrator Ibrahim Khalil said.

 

‘Some 7,000 people have already taken shelter at government relief centres. It’s just weeks since many of them returned home. They have planted paddy (rice) afresh in the land only to see flood water submerging them again,’ he said.

 


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