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Dozens killed in floods in Bangladesh and India

Dozens killed in floods in Bangladesh and India

Updated May 21, 2022 | 21:54

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It’s the worst floods in Bangladesh in 20 years

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nAfter heavy rains and floods in parts of Bangladesh and India, millions of people have lost contact with the outside world. At least 57 people died from the water masses, authorities in the two countries announced on Saturday. In northeastern Bangladesh alone, two million people are living in isolation as a result of the worst floods in nearly 20 years.

In Bangladesh’s Zakigang district, more than 100 towns were inundated after the Barak River, which flows from northeastern India, breached a sea wall, according to the Sylhet district chief. According to him, at least ten people died during the week.

According to local civil protection authorities, at least 47 people have died in India as a result of storms, floods and landslides – 14 of them alone in Assam, which borders Bangladesh.

According to official figures, at least 33 people were killed in storms in the Indian state of Bihar, Thursday. Heavy rains, which were unusual for this time of year, destroyed hundreds of hectares of crops and thousands of fruit trees. Bihar also suffered from a heat wave this week with temperatures rising to 40 degrees.

Floods are common in most parts of Bangladesh and neighboring regions of India. Experts predict that global climate change will increase the likelihood of extreme weather events.

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