Four million people, including 1.6 million children, have been stranded by flash floods in north-eastern Bangladesh, according to Unicef.
According to the release, Unicef is urgently seeking $2.5 million in funding for the emergency response as it provides life-saving supplies and services to children and families. Unicef has already distributed 400,000 water purification tablets, enough to provide clean water to 80,000 households for a week. Unicef is supplying the Government of Bangladesh with millions of water purification tablets, over 10,000 water containers known as jerry cans, and thousands of hygiene kits for women and adolescent girls. Unicef is also acquiring emergency medicines for district health facilities.
90% of health facilities in Sylhet division have been inundated, and cases of waterborne diseases continue to rise. Children are at a higher risk of drowning, which is already one of the leading causes of child mortality in the country.