DHAKA, Bangladesh Due to extensive flooding in north-eastern Bangladesh, over 1.5 million children are at risk of waterborne diseases, drowning, and malnutrition. Sheldon Yett, the Unicef representative to Bangladesh, said Monday.
The UN agency is working with government and non-government partners to address children and their families' urgent safety, health, nutrition, and clean water needs.
Flooding has affected over four million people in five districts of north-eastern Bangladesh.
Water levels in Sylhet and Sunamganj have reached dangerously high levels. Agricultural land and critical infrastructures such as roads, power plants, and schools have been submerged.
There have already been diarrhea, respiratory infections, and skin diseases. According to Unicef, at least three children have died due to lightning strikes.
Hundreds of schools have been closed, putting children's education in jeopardy. After 18 months of pandemic school closures in the last few years, children are again missing out on learning.
Yett said that Unicef is assisting the government of Bangladesh in its flood response by providing clean water, hygiene kits, therapeutic milk, and learning kits.