New floods hit Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands were left at a dead end Climate news

The flood situation is likely to worsen over the next 24 hours in the worst-hit areas of the north and northeast, officials said.

Heavy monsoon rains in the northeastern and northern regions of Bangladesh have blocked hundreds of thousands of people, forcing authorities to deploy the military to carry out evacuations and provide assistance, according to local media and official statements.

The Bangladesh Army’s public relations office said on its website early Saturday that troops had been deployed as floods devastated the northeastern districts of Sunamganj and Sylhet, where thousands of homes were flooded and electricity was cut off.

In a statement, the Center for Flood Forecasting and Warning in Dhaka, the nation’s capital, said on Friday that water in all major rivers in the country was rising. The country has about 130 rivers.

The center said the flood situation was likely to worsen over the next 24 hours in the worst-hit areas of Sunamganj and Sylhet in the northeast, as well as in Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Rangpur in northern Bangladesh.

Hafiz Ahmed, manager of Osmani International Airport in Sylhet, said flights at the airport had been suspended for three days on Friday as floods almost reached the runway.

Last month, a sudden flood before the monsoon, caused by water pressure from the northeastern states of upper India, hit the northern and northeastern regions of Bangladesh, destroying crops and damaging homes and roads.

Bangladesh was barely recovering from that shock when the monsoon hit just a few days ago this year, bringing new rains that flooded the same regions again.

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

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