Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

According to officials, monsoon rains in Bangladesh have killed at least 25 people and caused disastrous floods that have trapped more than four million others.

Floods are a constant threat to millions of people in Bangladesh’s low-lying areas, but scientists warn climate change is increasing their frequency, fury, and unpredictability.

Over the last week, torrential rains have swamped wide swaths of the country’s northeast, with military dispatched to evacuate homes cut off from neighbouring settlements.

Schools have been converted into relief shelters, housing entire communities swamped in a matter of hours by rivers that break their banks unexpectedly.

“By early Friday, the entire village was under water, and we were all stuck,” said Lokman, whose family resides in Companyganj hamlet.

“After a day of waiting on our roof, a neighbour came to our rescue with a handmade watercraft. My mum stated that she had never seen such floods in her life “The 23-year-old continued.

Another lady rescued from the rising floods, Asma Akter, claimed her family had gone two days without eating.

“The water rose so swiftly that we couldn’t carry anything,” she explained. “How do you prepare anything when everything is submerged?”

Storm-related lightning strikes have killed at least 21 people throughout South Asia since Friday afternoon, according to police authorities.

Three youngsters aged 12 to 14 were among those killed when lightning struck the remote village of Nandail on Friday, according to local police head Mizanur Rahman.

Another four people were killed when landslides damaged their hillside homes in Chittagong, said to police inspector Nurul Islam.
‘The situation is dire.’

Flooding exacerbated on Saturday morning following a brief respite from storms the previous day, according to Sylhet region chief government administrator Mosharraf Hossain.

“The situation is dreadful. Flood waters have stranded over four million people “Hossain said that practically the whole region was without power.

Flooding prompted the closure of Bangladesh’s third biggest international airport in Sylhet on Friday.

Flooding was expected to intensify over the following two days due to heavy rainfall in Bangladesh and upstream in India’s northeast.

Before this week’s rains, the Sylhet area was still recuperating from the worst floods in almost two decades late last month, which killed at least ten people and impacted four million more.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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