Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Flood-affected people have been facing a severe crisis of food and shelter at different upazilas (sub-district) in the country’s southwestern districts.
The local administration said the relief and other rehabilitation activities conducted by the government in the areas were badly inadequate, the News Age, a local newspaper, reported quoting sources.
The newspaper said Tala, Satkhira sadar and Ashashuni upazilas and parts of Kolaroa, Debhata and Kaliganj upazilas in Satkhira, parts of Paikgachha upazila in Khulna and parts of Keshabpur and Manirampur in Jessore are now affected with flood.
Of them, Tala, Ashashuni and Satkhira sadar in Satkhira are the worst-affected areas.
Local people said some areas had gone under seven to 10 feet water while most of the roads were under four to five feet water.
As a result, they have taken shelter in schools, colleges and on high roads, they said, adding that the ground floors of a number of schools and colleges were still under water.
Flood occurs in the southwestern districts due to water-stagnation, heavy rainfall and river bank spill from India, the Bangladesh Water Development Board officials said in Dhaka.
They also said the situation was persisting in the region as the rivers in the affected areas had silted up and the water was not flashing out.
BBN/SSR/AD-20Aug11-12:12 pm (BST)