In Bangladesh, at least 25 people were killed in lightning and landslides over the weekend, and millions were beaten or homeless in the northeastern lowlands, which were hit by the worst monsoon floods in Bangladesh’s recent history.
Police officials said Sunday that at least 17 people were killed during the flood wave that began this month in neighboring Assam, India.
Many of Bangladesh’s rivers have risen to dangerous levels, and heavy rainfall spills from the Indian mountains have exacerbated the situation, said Arifzaman Buyan, head of the state-owned flood forecasting and warning center.
Thousands of police and military personnel have been stationed in parts of the country to support search and rescue operations.
So far, about 105,000 people have been evacuated, but police officials estimated that more than 4 million were still stuck.
Syed Rafiqul Haque, a former parliamentarian and ruling politician in the Sunamgangji district, said the country is facing a humanitarian crisis if proper relief efforts are not taken.
“Almost the entire Silet-Snamgangi belt is underwater, with millions of people stuck,” he said, with victims having no food, no drinking water, and a downed communications network. He added.
Local officials said about 3.1 million people had been evacuated, of which 200,000 were staying in raised embankments and other high-altitude government-run temporary housing.
Extreme weather events have increased in recent years in Bangladesh and India, causing extensive damage.
Environmentalists warn that climate change can lead to more disasters, especially in lowland and densely populated Bangladesh.
42 million people stranded due to floods in Sth Asia
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