Flooding in Bangladesh affect half a million families including children

Flooding in Bangladesh affect half a million families including children, says Save the Children. Floods, caused by the onrush of water from upstream coupled with incessant rains affect half a million families, among those it is estimated that 600,000 children are suffering, according to Save the Children in Bangladesh.

Floodwaters pouring through villages in northern Bangladesh have left 2.2 million people homeless and 37 dead, says the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief. Hundreds of schools are closed disrupting studies for thousands of children in 20 districts. Washed out roads and damaged crops are threatening to have long term adverse effects.

The water levels of all the major rivers like the Meghna, Brahmaputra and the Ganges started rising since last Friday and continue to rise. The worst affected areas are the northern districts of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra and Sirajganj, where the situation has worsened.

Save the Children is ready to respond in Kurigram and Sirajganj, the two worst affected districts with necessary relief materials.

“We have already deployed our team in Kurigram and Sirajganj districts and are closely monitoring the situation with local partner organizations, local administration and the Department of Disaster Management, Government of Bangladesh. We are seriously concerned about children as they are the most vulnerable group. Our stocks are ready to be distributed among the affected families and their children,” said Mark Pierce, Country Director for Save the Children in Bangladesh.

Save the Children, the leading aid agency for children has been working in Bangladesh since 1970, saving lives of children by responding to humanitarian emergencies caused by any disasters.

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