As Bangladesh floods recede, fears of waterborne diseases

The possibility of an epidemic rises with authorities racing to get drinking water to people stranded in their homes in over a dozen districts.

Nearly 2,000 rescue teams were trying to reach flood victims in 17 of the country’s 64 districts and get them water and other supplies, Atiqul Haque, director general of the Department of Disaster Management, told Reuters news agency on Thursday. More than 3,400 people have been infected by various waterborne diseases due to the floods since June 18, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said on Wednesday.

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