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Monsoon: at least 41 dead in India and Bangladesh

Heavy rains led to flooding that left millions in distress. Climate change is singled out.

Monsoon: at least 41 dead in India and Bangladesh

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India and Bangladesh are hit by heavy monsoon rains that have led to flooding killing at least 41 people, according to an initial assessment communicated by the authorities. Floods regularly threaten millions of people in low-lying Bangladesh. But, according to experts, climate change is increasing their frequency, severity and suddenness.

Most of the northeast of the country is under water and troops have been deployed to evacuate residents who find themselves isolated. Schools have been turned into emergency shelters to accommodate residents of villages that were flooded within hours following heavy flooding.

“The whole village went under water on Friday morning and we all got stuck,” said Lokman, whose family lives in the village of Companyganj. “After waiting all day on the roof of our house, a neighbor rescued us with a makeshift boat. My mum said she had never seen such flooding in her entire life,” the 23-year-old added. Asma Akter, another woman rescued from the rising waters, said her family could not eat for two days. “The water rose so fast that we couldn't take any of our things,” she testified.

Lightning and thunderstorms

Lightning accompanying the thunderstorms has killed at least 21 people in Bangladesh since Friday afternoon, police officials told Agence France-Presse. Among them, three children aged 12 to 14 were beaten in the town of Nandail on Friday, local police chief Mizanur Rahman said. Four other people were killed in landslides in the port city of Chittagong, police inspector Nurul Islam told Agence France-Presse.

At least 16 people have died since Thursday in India's northeast state of Meghalaya as landslides and heavy flooding submerged roads, Prime Minister Conrad Sangma said on Twitter. minister of that state. In neighboring Assam state, more than 1.8 million people have been affected by flooding after five days of unrelenting rain.

Floods predicted to worsen

The state's prime minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, told reporters that he had asked district officials to provide “all necessary aid and relief” to those affected by the floods. On the flood front, the situation worsened on Saturday morning after a temporary respite from the rainfall on Friday afternoon, Mosharraf Hossain, chief administrator of the government of the Sylhet region, told Agence France-Presse. “The situation is bad. Over four million people have been stranded by the floods,” said Mosharraf Hossain, adding that almost the entire region is without power.

The floods have forced Bangladesh's third international airport, located in Sylhet, to close on Friday. According to the weather forecast, the floods will worsen over the next two days due to heavy rainfall expected in Bangladesh and northeastern India. Prior to this week's rains, the Sylhet region was just recovering from the worst flooding it has seen in nearly two decades at the end of May. They killed at least ten people and affected four million people.

Teilor Stone
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Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Bobr Times, Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my [email protected] 1-800-268-7116

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