Floods in India and Bangladesh kill millions of displaced people and dozens more


NEW DELHI — Heavy rains in India and Bangladesh have washed away train stations, towns and villages, and have displaced millions of people as extreme weather events, including heat waves, torrential rains and flooding, are becoming more common in South Asia.

According to authorities, floods, landslides and thunderstorms have left many people without food, water and internet cuts, leaving more than 60 people isolated.

The devastation in northeast India, one of the worst affected areas, has flooded railways, bridges and roads. In the remote Assam state, 31 of 33 districts were affected by flooding, affecting the lives of more than 700,000 people, officials said on Saturday. Floods and landslides have already killed at least 18 people in the state. news report.

In neighboring Bihar province, at least 33 people have been killed by lightning and torrential rains in 16 districts. Nitish KumarThe prime minister said on Friday.

Climate scientists say India and Bangladesh are particularly vulnerable to climate change because of their proximity to the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Bengal. experience more and more heat waves. Rising sea levels have resulted in “dry conditions” in some parts of the Indian subcontinent and “significant increases in rainfall” in others. Research It was published in January by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune.

On Sunday, the Indian Meteorological Department said that the Brahmaputra River, one of the largest rivers in the world, swept through many parts of remote northeastern India, where it had previously flooded vast agricultural land, villages and villages with “lightning and very heavy rains.” Thunderstorm” warning. several weeks.

Flooding of Brahmaputra and other rivers arrived with anger in Bangladesh, a low-lying country of approximately 170 million people, where massive Rohingya refugee camps were swept away overnight in extreme rainfall and landslides last year. In 2020, heavy rains flooded at least a quarter of the country.

About two million people have been affected in the eastern Sylhet area, which officials describe as one of the worst floods in years.

SM Shahidul Islam, chief engineer of the Bangladesh Water Development Board, said on Sunday, “We have not seen such extensive flooding in Sylhet in about 20 years.

Islam explained that “heavy rains and increased flooding through the Surma River are the main causes of this situation,” explaining that the dams in the area were unable to withstand the flooding that started pouring into the city.

At least 10 people have been killed in the area, most of them overturning and drowning while trying to move to a safe area, officials said on Sunday. “We are still working to see if there are more casualties,” said Mosharraf Hossain, Sylhet District’s top official.

Roads blocked by flooding are making relief efforts difficult, officials said. But the devastation has left millions of people with nothing.

“The flood situation in our village in Zakiganj is terrible,” said Mahmudul Hasan, 29, who was evacuating with his family from Sylhet.

The family did not receive food or water, Hasan said. And he said he was constantly worried about the house. “Our house is made of mud.

The Bangladesh government has closed nearly 600 schools and universities indefinitely to serve as shelters for the homeless. Officials said the floods have destroyed at least 3,000 hectares of paddy fields and are expected to affect the livelihoods of thousands of farmers.

Karan Deep Sing reported in New Delhi sipe hasnat Reported from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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