At least 26 others have died in monsoon floods and lightning strikes in India as millions remain abandoned in the country and neighboring Bangladesh, authorities said Monday.
Floods are a regular threat in India and Bangladesh, but experts say climate change increases their frequency, ferocity and unpredictability to 1.6 billion people on both sides.
In the northeastern Indian state of Assam, three people died in landslides, while six others died in floodsdisaster management authorities said.
In the eastern state of Bihar, lightning caused by storms has killed at least 17 people, according to local disaster management minister Renu Devi.
Assam kept spinning severe floodwith 5,140 villages in the state’s 33 districts flooded by raging waters.
More than 100,000 villagers have sought refuge in shelters.
The state was affected for the first time in April, when beforemonsoon rains arrived, causing floods that killed 44 people.
The floods receded a few weeks later, only to rise again in June at the start of the annual monsoon season, leading to 71 so far.
In the neighboring state of Meghalaya, at least 16 people have been killed since last Thursday after landslides and raging rivers flooded roads.
The monsoon storms also unleashed devastating floods in Bangladesh, which left millions blocked and killed dozens so far.
“Shelters are full of people affected. There is a huge crisis with food and drinking water. Many are afraid to return home, while many have lost their homes in floods,” he told AFP.
But the receding water is flooding downstream areas in Habiganj and Brahmanbariya, officials said.
An eight-year-old girl was swept away by a flood from her flooded backyard in Jamalpur district and later found dead, police officer Aminul Islam told AFP.
Heavy rains continued in the southeastern parts of the Chittagong Mountains, which led to the wetness of the port city and increased the risk of landslides.
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