Monsoon floods kill 42 people, millions stranded in Bangladesh, India -Breaking
© Reuters. As they seek shelter from the floods in Bangladesh’s northeastern region, people board boats to get aboard. This happened in Sylhet (Bangladesh), June 19, 2022. REUTERS/Kazi Salahuddin Razu
DHAKA/ASSAM in India (Reuters – 25 deaths from lightning and landslides occurred in Bangladesh this weekend. Meanwhile, millions of people were left homeless and marooned in parts of northeastern Bangladesh that have been hit the hardest monsoon floods in recent times, according to officials.
Police officials in Assam said that at least 17 people died as a result of the floods which began earlier this month.
Many rivers in Bangladesh have reached dangerous levels, and heavy rainfall from the Indian Mountains has exacerbated this situation,” Arifuzzaman Biyan, head of the state-run Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, stated.
To aid in rescue and search efforts, thousands of soldiers, policemen, and other personnel were deployed across the country.
While approximately 105,000 people were evacuated thus far, officials from police estimated that there are more than 4 million still without power.
Syed Rafiqul Haque was a Sunamganj resident and former lawmaker. He said that if rescue efforts were not carried out properly, the country could be facing a humanitarian emergency.
He said that almost the whole Sylhet Sunamganj Belt is now under water, and many people have been left stranded.
Officials from the region estimated that 3.1 million people had been displaced. 200,000 are currently staying at government-run shelters built on highlands or raised embankments.
Recent years have seen an increase in extreme weather events in India and Bangladesh, which has caused large-scale damages.
Climate change, warn environmentalists.