Millions stranded, dozens dead as flood hits India and Bangladesh

A combo image shows army rescuing people stranded in floodwaters in Assam, India. – Gulf Today

Heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in parts of India and Bangladesh, leaving millions stranded and at least 57 dead, officials said on Saturday.

In Bangladesh, about two million people have been marooned by the worst floods in the country’s northeast for nearly two decades.

At least 100 villages at Zakiganj were inundated after floodwater rushing from India’s northeast breached a major embankment on the Barak River, said Mosharraf Hossain, the chief government administrator of the Sylhet region.

“Some two million people have been stranded by floods so far,” he said, adding that at least 10 people have been killed this week.

Many parts of Bangladesh and neighbouring regions in India are prone to flooding, and experts say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events around the world.

Every extra degree of global warming increases the amount of water in the atmosphere by about seven per cent, with inevitable effects on rainfall.

At least 47 people have been killed in India this week in days of flooding, landslides and thunderstorms, according to local disaster management authorities.

In Assam state, which borders Bangladesh, at least 14 people have died in landslides and floods.

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