01-Feb-2023  Srinagar booked.net

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41 People Dead, Millions Stranded As Floods Hit Bangladesh, India



At least 41 people are dead as floods hit the two south Asian countries, Bangladesh and India with millions of others stranded, officials said on Saturday.

Reportedly, Lightning triggered by the storms has killed 25 people in Bangladesh and 16 in India since Friday afternoon.

Among them were three children aged between 12 and 14 who were struck by lightning on Friday in the rural town of Bangladesh’s Nandail, local police chief Mizanur Rahman told AFP.

Another four people died when landslides hit their hillside homes in the port city of Bangladesh’s Chittagong, police inspector Nurul Islam said.

However, Schools in Bangladesh have been turned into relief shelters to house submerged village citizens.

In India’s remote Meghalaya, at least 16 people have been killed since Thursday after landslides and surging rivers that submerged roads, the state’s chief minister Conrad Sangma wrote on Twitter.

Next door in Assam State, more than 1.8 million people have been affected by floods after five days of incessant downpours.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters he had instructed district officials to provide “all necessary help and relief” to those caught in the flooding.

Bangladesh floods worsened on Saturday morning after a temporary reprieve from the rains the previous afternoon, Sylhet region chief government administrator Mosharraf Hossain told AFP.

“The situation is bad. More than four million people have been stranded,” he said.

Meanwhile, forecasters said the floods were set to worsen over the next two days with heavy rains in Bangladesh and upstream in India’s northeast.

Before this flooding, Bangladesh’s Sylhet region was still recovering from its worst floods in nearly two decades late last month, when at least 10 people were killed and four million others were affected.

Both countries have asked the military to help as flooding could worsen because rains are expected to continue over the weekend.