Press Release

Over 772,000 children are affected by flash floods in North-East Bangladesh

23 June 2024

Statement attributable to Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh     


DHAKA, 21 June 2024 – "UNICEF is deeply concerned about the devastating flood situation unfolding in the north-eastern region of Bangladesh. Over 2,000,000 people, including over 772,000 children, are already affected by flash floods and in urgent need of assistance.  


As waters rise, children are the most vulnerable, facing heightened risks of drowning, malnutrition, deadly waterborne diseases, the trauma of displacement, and potential abuse in overpopulated shelters. 


Our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of children and adolescents. In coordination and partnership with the Government of Bangladesh and local stakeholders in the field, we have already distributed safe water to reach more than 100,000 people for over 5 days, and while these efforts continue, we have also distributed more than 3,000 ten-liter water containers. We are urgently bringing in additional emergency supplies to the affected communities in case the situation worsens. 


While schools are closed for Eid vacation from 13 June till 2 July, over 810 Government schools in the Sylhet division have been flooded and almost 500 are being used as flood shelters. In addition, almost 140 community clinics are also affected by flood waters. 


Child Protection Social Workers are offering support to mitigate potential violence and counseling to help children overcome trauma during this difficult time.  


The rivers are flowing dangerously high, and the situation is expected to worsen over the next 24 to 48 hours."



For more information please contact:  Farjana Sultana, Communication Officer, UNICEF Bangladesh, 

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