Death toll in Bangladesh floods climbs to 62

DHAKA, Bangladesh

At least 62 people have now died in Bangladesh due to floods caused by monsoon rains and onrush of river waters from upstream India, the government said on Saturday evening.

“Seven more people died in different areas in the past 24 hours. The total fatalities since the flooding started on June 30 are now up to 62,” Dr. Ayesha Akhter, a top government health official, told Anadolu Agency.

According to a government report, at least 51 people drowned, while seven others were killed by lightning strikes and three by snake bites.

Another fatality was caused by diarrhoea due to lack of clean drinking water.

The official said 18 of the country’s 64 districts have been affected, with nearly 3,400 people injured in the worst-hit northern regions.

On Thursday, the country’s disaster management and relief minister, Enamur Rahman, said nearly 2.25 million people were affected by the flooding and at least 20,000 have been forced to leave their homes.

Shah Muhammad Nasim, who is heading Bangladesh’s flood monitoring cell, said the government was closely monitoring the situation and providing all possible support to citizens.

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