SYLHET, BANGLADESH-(MaraviPost)- At least 41 people have died and millions stranded amid devastating floods across Bangladesh and India, authorities said on Saturday, June 18, 2022.
The chief administrator of Bangladesh’s Sylhet region, Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain, confirmed the news of the tragedy adding that large part of the country’s northeast is underwater and the situation is getting worse as heavy downpour continues.
Lightning alone triggered by the storms has killed at least 21 people and among them were three children aged between 12 and 14, Reuters reported.
Floods are a regular menace to millions of people in low-lying Bangladesh, but experts say climate change is increasing their frequency, ferocity and unpredictability.
Meanwhile, schools are being used as relief shelters to house villages submerged under water after surrounding rivers burst in their banks.
Authorities have described the flooding as potentially the worst since 2004, adding that the situation is worsened by the runoff from heavy rain across Indian mountains.
The Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma disclosed that he has instructed district officials to provide all necessary help and relief items to those affected by the floods.
Weather experts said flooding is expected to worsen over the next two days accompanied by heavy rains in Bangladesh and upstream in the northeast of India.
In October, 2021, 41 people died after landslides and flash floods triggered by several days of heavy rain hit northern India.