59 dead and millions stranded in Bangladesh floods

Monsoon storms in Bangladesh and India have killed no less than 59 folks and unleashed devastating floods that left millions of others stranded, officers stated.

Floods are a daily menace to millions of individuals in low-lying Bangladesh, however specialists say local weather change is growing their frequency, ferocity and unpredictability.

Relentless downpours over the previous week have inundated huge stretches of Bangladesh’s northeast, with troops deployed to evacuate households reduce off from neighbouring communities.

Schools have been became aid shelters to accommodate total villages inundated in a matter of hours by rivers that out of the blue burst their banks.

“The whole village went under water by early Friday and we all got stranded,” stated Lokman, whose household lives in Companiganj village.

“After waiting a whole day on the roof of our home, a neighbour rescued us with a makeshift boat. My mother said she has never seen such floods in her entire life,” the 23-year-old added.

Asma Akter, one other lady rescued from the rising waters, stated her household had not been capable of eat for 2 days.

“The water rose so quickly we couldn’t bring any of our things,” she stated. “And how can you cook anything when everything is underwater?”

Lightning triggered by the storms has killed no less than 21 folks across the South Asian nation since Friday afternoon, police officers advised AFP.

Among them had been three youngsters aged between 12 and 14 who had been struck by lightning on Friday in the agricultural city of Nandail, stated native police chief Mizanur Rahman.

Another 4 folks died when landslides hit their hillside houses in the port metropolis of Chittagong, police inspector Nurul Islam advised AFP.

At least 16 folks have been killed since Thursday in India’s distant Meghalaya, the state’s chief minister Conrad Sangma wrote on Twitter, after landslides and surging rivers that submerged roads.

Next door in Assam, greater than 2.6 million folks have been affected by floods after 5 days of incessant downpours, in response to the state’s catastrophe response company.

Eighteen folks had died in flood waters or landslides across the state since Thursday, the company reported, with practically 7,500 folks rescued on Saturday by mid-afternoon.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa (*59*) advised reporters he had instructed district officers to supply “all necessary help and relief” to these caught in the flooding.

Flooding in Bangladesh worsened this morning after a short lived reprieve from the rains the earlier afternoon, Sylhet area chief authorities administrator Mosharraf Hossain advised AFP.

“The situation is bad. More than four million people have been stranded by flood water,” Mr Hossain stated, including that almost the whole area was with out electrical energy.

The flooding pressured Bangladesh’s third-largest worldwide airport in Sylhet to close down on Friday.

Around the regional capital, residents waded by waist-deep water alongside roads subsequent to partially submerged caught automobiles.

Forecasters stated the floods had been set to worsen over the subsequent two days with heavy rains in Bangladesh and upstream in India’s northeast.

Before this week’s rains, the Sylhet area was nonetheless recovering from its worst floods in practically twenty years late final month, when no less than 10 folks had been killed and 4 million others had been affected.

based mostly on website supplies www.rte.ie

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