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Hundreds of thousands stranded as floods hit components of Bangladesh, India


Indian Military troopers evacuate folks from flooded space to a safer place after heavy rains at a village in Hojai district, within the northeastern state of Assam, India, June 18, 2022. (REUTERS/Anuwar Hazarika)

DHAKA/GUWAHATI, India — Monsoon rains brought about widespread flooding in northeastern Bangladesh and India, stranding practically 6 million folks and killing no less than 19 folks in Bangladesh, authorities mentioned on Saturday, warning the state of affairs may worsen.

Lightning strikes have killed no less than 15 folks in eight districts in Bangladesh since Friday, and 4 folks have been killed in landslides, police officers mentioned.

The flooding in Bangladesh, described by a authorities knowledgeable as probably the nation’s worst since 2004, was exacerbated by the runoff from heavy rain throughout Indian mountains. The rain continued on Saturday, with extra forecast over the subsequent two days.

“A lot of the nation’s northeast is underwater and the state of affairs is getting worse as heavy downpour continues,” mentioned Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain, chief administrator of Bangladesh’s Sylhet area.

Seasonal monsoon rains, a lifeline for farmers throughout South Asia, additionally usually trigger lack of life and property yearly.

Bangladesh and India have skilled rising excessive climate in recent times, inflicting large-scale injury. Environmentalists warn local weather change may result in extra disasters, particularly in low-lying and densely populated Bangladesh.

The worst-hit Sunamganj district in Bangladesh is nearly disconnected from the remainder of the nation, Hossain advised Reuters, including that authorities helped by the military have been targeted on rescuing these trapped and distributing reduction.

“There may be scarcity of boats, which makes it more durable to maneuver folks to safer locations,” he mentioned. “As we speak the navy is becoming a member of us in rescue efforts.”

Tv footage confirmed Bangladesh roads and railway strains submerged, with folks wading via chest-high brown churning waters, carrying their belongings and livestock.

Lots of Bangladesh’s rivers have risen to harmful ranges, mentioned Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, head of the state-run Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.

Syed Rafiqul Haque, a former lawmaker and ruling social gathering politician in Sunamganj district, mentioned a humanitarian disaster may emerge if the floods didn’t recede and correct rescue operations weren’t carried out.

“The state of affairs is alarming,” he advised Reuters. “There isn’t a electrical energy, no street connection, no cell community. Persons are in desperately in want of fast shelter and meals.”

In neighboring India’s northeastern state of Assam, armed forces have been referred to as in for rescue efforts after landslides killed no less than 9 folks and displaced practically 2 million from their houses within the final 10 days, officers mentioned.

“Troopers are serving to police and civil authorities in a number of components of Assam in evacuating trapped villagers,” Jogen Mohan, the state’s income minister, advised Reuters.

Torrential rains lashed 25 of the state’s 33 districts for a sixth day.

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