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Water-borne diseases spreading fast as flood water recedes


The water-borne diseases started spreading fast due to acute crisis of pure drinking water in the flood-affected areas as the overall flood situation in northern districts of the country has been improving further, reports BDNEWS.
Two minors died of diarrhoea in Kurigram while over 1000 people have been affected in the last week, sources said.
The dead are identified as Kakoli, a 10-month old girl and Shafikul, a two-month boy.
Flood-hit people have also been facing acute crisis of food and medicines. The local administration failed to distribute sufficient relief to the hapless people.
Meanwhile, according to the flood forecasting and warning centre (FFWC) the prevailing rain-fed flood situation in the north and north-western districts is likely to improve further.
According to the FFWC, the Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Ganges-Padma registered fall at all points while the rivers in the Meghna and the South Eastern Hill basin recorded rise and fall.
Out of 86 monitoring points, eight points observed rise, 59 points recorded fall, four points remained steady and two points -- the Karatoa at Chakrahimpur and the Chotto Jamuna at Naogaon -- are flowing above their respective danger levels.
The Chotto Jamuna at Noagaon observed further fall by 7.0cm and is flowing 4.0cm above the red mark.
Another news from Noagaon adds: About 1000 people have also been afflicted with waterborne diseases like diarrhoea in the 180 flood shelter centres where about 14,000 have taken shelter.
Scarcity of medicine and relief materials aggravated the situation in the area.