Dozens Dead, Millions Stranded as Floods Hit Bangladesh, India
Dhaka, 19 Jun (ONA) --- Monsoon storms in Bangladesh and India have killed at least 59 people and unleashed devastating floods that left millions of others stranded, local officials said.
Floods are a regular menace to millions of people in low-lying Bangladesh, but experts say climate change is increasing their frequency, ferocity and unpredictability.
Relentless downpours over the past week have inundated vast stretches of Bangladesh’s northeast, with troops deployed to evacuate households cut off from neighbouring communities.
Schools have been turned into relief shelters to house entire villages inundated in a matter of hours by rivers that suddenly burst their banks.
Lightning triggered by the storms has killed at least 21 people around the South Asian nation, police officials told AFP.
At least 16 people have been killed in India’s remote Meghalaya after landslides and surging rivers that submerged roads.
Next door in Assam State, more than 1.8 million people have been affected by floods after five days of incessant downpours.
Forecasters said the floods were set to worsen over the next two days with heavy rains in Bangladesh and upstream in India’s northeast.