Hundreds of thousands stranded, dozens lifeless as flooding hits Bangladesh and India

A fruit vendor sells bananas alongside a flooded road following heavy rains in Sylhet, Bangladesh.

Heavy rains have brought about widespread flooding in elements of Bangladesh and India, leaving tens of millions stranded and at the very least 57 lifeless, officers stated Saturday.

In Bangladesh, about two million folks have been marooned by the worst floods within the nation’s northeast for almost 20 years.

Not less than 100 villages at Zakiganj had been inundated after floodwater dashing from India’s northeast breached a significant embankment on the Barak River, stated Mosharraf Hossain, the chief authorities administrator of the Sylhet area.

“Some two million folks have been stranded by floods to date,” he instructed AFP, including that at the very least 10 folks have been killed this week.

Many elements of Bangladesh and neighbouring areas in India are vulnerable to flooding, and consultants say that local weather change is growing the chance of maximum climate occasions world wide.

Each additional diploma of worldwide warming will increase the quantity of water within the environment by about seven %, with inevitable results on rainfall.

Not less than 47 folks have been killed in India this week in days of flooding, landslides and thunderstorms, in keeping with native catastrophe administration authorities.

In Assam state, which borders Bangladesh, at the very least 14 folks have died in landslides and floods.

Assam authorities stated Saturday greater than 850,000 folks in about 3,200 villages have been affected by the floods, triggered by torrential rains that submerged swathes of farmland and broken 1000’s of properties.

Almost 90,000 folks have been moved to state-run reduction shelters as water ranges in rivers run excessive and huge swathes of land stay submerged in most districts.

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West of Assam, at the very least 33 folks had been killed in Bihar state in thunderstorms on Thursday.

Greater than three dozen folks had been injured within the unseasonal climate occasions that broken tons of of hectares of standing crops and 1000’s of fruit timber.

Bihar has additionally suffered an intense heatwave this week, with temperatures reaching 40 levels Celsius (104 levels Fahrenheit).

‘Blessing and curse’

In Bangladesh’s Zakiganj, folks had been seen fishing on submerged roads and a few residents took their cattle to flood shelters.

Bus driver Shamim Ahmed, 50, instructed AFP: “My home is underneath waist deep water. There isn’t any ingesting water, we’re harvesting rain water.

“Rain is concurrently a blessing and a curse for us now.”

All of the furnishings in widow Lalila Begum’s residence was ruined, she stated, however she and her two daughters had been staying put, hoping the waters would recede inside a day or two.

“My two daughters and I put one mattress on one other and reside on high of it,” she stated. “There’s shortage of meals. We’re sharing one particular person’s meals and one meal a day.”

Floodwater has entered many elements of Sylhet metropolis, the most important within the northeast, the place one other official instructed AFP about 50,000 households had been with out energy for days.

Hossain, the chief administrator, stated the flooding was pushed by each rains and the onrush of water from throughout the border in Assam.

However officers stated the damaged embankment on the border at Zakiganj might solely be mounted as soon as the water degree dropped.

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