Bangladesh seeks $150 million flood aid

Bangladesh said on Monday it had sought 150 million dollars in assistance from donor agencies following the worst floods in nearly a decade, as the toll from this year's monsoon's season crossed 700.

Bangladesh seeks $150 million flood aid
Bangladesh said on Monday it had sought 150 million dollars in assistance from donor agencies following the worst floods in nearly a decade, as the toll from this year's monsoon's season crossed 700.

The government requested the money from donors including the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), finance ministry official Aminul Islam Bhuiyan said.

"We need the money as a budgetary support to face the unexpected flood shock," he said, adding that the money would be mainly spent on food and housing for millions of people affected by the floods.

In the last 24 hours, 23 more people had died, mostly from drowning or snakebites, the health ministry said, taking the country's death toll to 713.

Thousands are still being admitted to hospital each day suffering from water-borne diseases.

At least 10.5 million people were displaced or marooned by the flooding, which began in late July and submerged 40 percent of the delta nation.

Donors have already pleged 57 million dollars as immediate food and medical relief. Saudi Arabia alone promised 50 million dollars plus a shipment of five planes of food and medicines.

The agriculture ministry has estimated that crops worth around 290 million dollars have been damaged. The cost to infrastructure and housing is not yet known.

The country's flood warning centre said on Monday the level of the two major Himalayan rivers — the Brahmaputra, responsible for two-thirds of the river water in the country, and the Ganges — had risen again due to heavy rains in India.

Both the rivers, however, were flowing below danger levels at most points.

AFP
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