Dhaka - Waterborne diseases coupled with poor relief efforts, lack of jobs and price hike of essentials, are putting the lives of poor flood-hit people in Bangladesh in misery, leading newspaper The Daily Star reported Tuesday.

The flood situation is worsening in the central parts while the situation is improving in the northern districts, the newspaper said.

Waterborne diseases like dysentery and diarrhea have broken out in the central Faridpur district, as flood situation worsened in the last 24 hours. Medicine and oral saline are being distributed among the victims.

In northwestern Sirajganj district, about 200 people were infected with diseases like diarrhea, pneumonia and skin infections.

Meanwhile, as flood situation in the low-lying areas in the eastern part of capital Dhaka worsened, the country's specialized International Center for Diarrheal Diseases and Research, Bangladesh (ICDDRB) is experiencing an unusual rise in the number of diarrhea patients.

The patient inflow at ICDDRB, the main hospital for treating patients of diarrhea and cholera in the country, increased to more than 600 Monday, which normally remains at 200-250.

Tents have been set up in the parking space of ICDDRB with the capacity of up to 750 patients.

However, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center said, the situation in the south central districts would start improving in a day or two and water levels of all large rivers are going down.