18 killed in India, Bangladesh floods; millions without homes

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Dhaka, Bangladesh – At least 18 people have died in floods in northeastern India and Bangladesh, leaving millions of homes under water, authorities said on Saturday.

In the Indian state of Assam, at least nine people died in floods and two million others saw their homes submerged in water, according to the state disaster management agency.

Lightning in parts of Bangladesh killed nine people on Friday.

Both sides have asked the military to help with severe flooding, which could worsen as rainfall is expected to continue over the weekend.

The Brahmaputra, one of the largest rivers in Asia, broke through its mudslides, flooding 3,000 villages and arable land in 28 of Assam’s 33 districts.

“We expect moderate to heavy rainfall in several parts of Assam by Sunday. The amount of rainfall is unprecedented, “said Sanjay O’Neill, an employee of the weather station in Gauhati, the capital of Assam.

Several train services have been canceled in India due to the incessant rains over the past five days. In the town of Haflong in southern Assam, the railway station was under water and flooded rivers deposited mud and silt on the railway tracks.

The Indian military has been asked to help other disaster response agencies rescue stranded people and provide food and basic necessities to those whose homes have been flooded.

“We use motor boats and inflatable rafts to save people affected by the floods,” said an army official.

In Bangladesh, areas near the border with India are most affected.

Water levels in all major rivers across the country are rising, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center in Dhaka, the nation’s capital. The country has about 130 rivers.

The center said the floods were likely to worsen in the worst-hit areas of Sunamganj and Sylhet in the northeast, as well as in the Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Rangpur areas of northern Bangladesh.

Flight operations at Osmani International Airport in Sylhet have been suspended for three days as the floods almost reached the runway, according to Hafiz Ahmed, the airport’s manager.

Last month, a sudden flood before the monsoon, caused by an influx of water from the upper reaches in the northeastern states of India, hit the northern and northeastern regions of Bangladesh, destroying crops and damaging homes and roads. The country was just beginning to recover from that shock when fresh rains flooded the same areas again this week.

Bangladesh, a nation of 160 million people, is low-lying and facing threats from climate-related natural disasters such as floods and cyclones. According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, about 17% of people in Bangladesh will have to be relocated in the next decade or so if global warming continues at the current pace.

Hussein contributed to the report from the Indian state of Assam.

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