People in India raft through severely flooded areas. (Photo: RTE)
In Bangladeshabout 2 million people were affected by the battle flood worst in the northeastern part of the country in nearly two decades.
At least 100 villages in Zakiganj were inundated after floodwaters poured in from India’s northeast, bursting a large embankment on the Barak River, said Mosharraf Hossain, head of regional government in Sylhet district. Floodwaters have flooded many areas of Sylhet county, with about 50,000 homes without power for several days.
“About two million people have been trapped by the floods so far,” Hossain said, adding that at least 10 people had died this week.
Many areas of Bangladesh and neighboring India are prone to flooding. Climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events around the world, experts say.
Each degree of global warming would increase the amount of water in the atmosphere by about 7%, with inevitable effects associated with heavy rainfall.
A man carries a sheet of corrugated iron as a temporary shelter at a flooded area after heavy rains in the Indian state of Assam. (Photo: RTE)
Meanwhile, in Indiaat least 47 people have died this week due to flooding, mudslide and thunderstorms, according to local disaster management authorities. In the state of Assam, which borders Bangladesh, at least 14 people have died from landslides and floods.
More than 850,000 people living in about 3,200 villages have been affected by floods caused by torrential rains, submerging farmlands and damaging agricultural lands, officials said on May 21, Assam state authorities said. destroyed thousands of homes.
Nearly 90,000 people have been moved to state-run shelters as water levels in rivers rise and large swaths of land in most counties are submerged in floodwaters.
In western Assam state, at least 33 people were killed in Bihar state during a thunderstorm on Thursday. More than 30 people were injured due to unseasonal weather that damaged hundreds of hectares of crops and thousands of fruit trees.
The state of Bihar has also suffered a severe heatwave this week, with temperatures reaching 40°C.
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