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Dozens useless, thousands and thousands stranded as floods hit Bangladesh, India

Monsoon storms in Bangladesh and India have killed at the very least 41 folks and unleashed devastating floods that left thousands and thousands of others stranded, officers mentioned on Saturday.

Floods are a daily menace to thousands and thousands of individuals in low-lying Bangladesh, however specialists say local weather change is rising 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.

Colleges have been become aid shelters to accommodate total villages inundated in a matter of hours by rivers that abruptly burst their banks.

“The entire village went beneath water by early Friday and all of us acquired stranded,” Lokman, whose household lives in Companiganj village, informed AFP information company.

“After ready a complete day on the roof of our house, a neighbour rescued us with a makeshift boat. My mom mentioned she has by no means seen such floods in her total life,” the 23-year-old added.

Asma Akter, one other lady rescued from the rising waters, mentioned her household had not been in a position to eat for 2 days.

“The water rose so shortly we couldn’t deliver any of our issues,” she mentioned. “And how are you going to prepare dinner something when the whole lot is underwater?”

Lightning triggered by the storms has killed at the very least 21 folks across the South Asian nation since Friday afternoon, police officers informed AFP.

Amongst them have been three youngsters aged between 12 and 14 who have been struck by lightning on Friday within the rural city of Nandail, mentioned native police chief Mizanur Rahman.

One other 4 folks died when landslides hit their hillside houses within the port metropolis of Chittagong, police inspector Nurul Islam informed AFP.

Al Jazeera’s Tanvir Chowdhury reporting from Khulna in Bangladesh mentioned they scenario was dire in lots of districts.

“There may be been torrential rain for the previous a number of days which made issues actually unhealthy. However there was a respite from the rain now,” Chowdhury mentioned.

“The military and naval personnel try to rescue people who find themselves trapped. Meals and clear ingesting water are desperately wanted particularly within the distant village. Energy has been restored in among the affected areas. We additionally know that some hospitals have been flooded difficult the scenario,” he added.

No less than 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.

Subsequent door in Assam State, greater than 1.8 million folks have been affected by floods after 5 days of incessant downpours.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed reporters he had instructed district officers to offer “all mandatory assist and aid” to these caught within the flooding.

‘The scenario is unhealthy’
Flooding in Bangladesh worsened on Saturday morning after a short lived reprieve from the rains the earlier afternoon, Sylhet area chief authorities administrator Mosharraf Hossain informed AFP.

“The scenario is unhealthy. Greater than 4 million folks have been stranded by flood water,” Hossain mentioned, including that almost the complete area was with out electrical energy.

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

Forecasters mentioned the floods have been set to worsen over the following two days with heavy rains in Bangladesh and upstream in India’s northeast.

Earlier than this week’s rains, the Sylhet area was nonetheless recovering from its worst floods in almost twenty years late final month, when at the very least 10 folks have been killed and 4 million others have been affected.

Each international locations have requested the army to assist with the extreme flooding, which may worsen as a result of rains are anticipated to proceed over the weekend.

“We count on average to heavy rainfall in a number of elements of Assam until Sunday. The quantity of rainfall has been unprecedented,” mentioned Sanjay O’Neil, an official on the meteorological station in Gauhati, Assam’s capital.

In Bangladesh, districts close to the Indian border have been worst affected.

Water ranges in all main rivers throughout the nation have been rising, in accordance with the flood forecasting and warning centre in Dhaka, the nation’s capital. The nation has about 130 rivers.

The centre mentioned the flood scenario is more likely to deteriorate within the worst-hit Sunamganj and Sylhet districts within the northeastern area in addition to in Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Rangpur districts in northern Bangladesh.

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