Two boys in Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts drowned in flood water today.
In Kurigram, a six-year-old boy drowned near his home at Nageshwari upazila.
The incident took place at Doctor Para in Kachakata area of the upazila around 2:00pm, reports our Lalmonirhat correspondent quoting police and locals.
The deceased was identified as Bayezid Islam, son of Rafiqul Islam of the village.
According to family and local sources, the boy was playing alone at home when he went near a hole close to floodwaters and drowned. Family members recovered his body from the water, said Mamun Ar-Rashid, officer-in-charge of Kachakata Police Station.
Dr Habibur Rahman, civil surgeon of Kurigram, said 26 people, including 24 children, have drowned in floodwaters in the last five weeks.
Parents should pay special attention to their children during the floods, he added.
In Lalmonirhat, a two-year-old boy drowned in his village in Hatibandha upazila.
The deceased was identified as Habibullah, son of Abdul Karim of Goddimari village, UNB reports.
Family members said the boy fell into a pond near the house while playing by its bank in the morning.
Locals rushed the boy to the upazila health complex where doctors declared him dead, said Omar Faruk, officer-in-charge of Hatibandha Police Station.
In flood-prone Bangladesh, drowning is one of the leading causes of death among children aged 1-17 years, having overtaken pneumonia and diarrhoea for over two decades now.