At least 25 people were killed by lightning or landslides over the weekend in Bangladesh, while millions were left isolated or homeless in the low northeastern parts of the country, affected by the worst monsoon floods in recent history. of the country, the authorities announced.
In the neighboring Indian state of Assam, at least 17 people were killed during a flood wave that began this month, police officials said on Sunday.
Many of Bangladesh’s rivers have risen to dangerous levels, and heavy rains over the Indian mountains have exacerbated the situation, said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, head of the State Center for Flood Forecasting and Warning.
Thousands of police and military personnel have been deployed in parts of the country to assist in search and rescue efforts.
About 105,000 people have been evacuated so far, but police officials estimate that more than four million people are still stranded.
Syed Rafiqul Haque, a former deputy and politician of the ruling Sunamganj district party, said the country would face a humanitarian crisis if no quick rescue operations were carried out.
“Almost the entire Sylhet-Sunamganj belt is under water and millions of people are stranded,” he said, adding that the victims had no food, no drinking water and that the communications networks were down.
Regional officials say about 3.1 million people have been displaced, of whom 200,000 are housed in government-run makeshift shelters on high dams or other heights.
Bangladesh and India have faced more and more extreme weather events in recent years, causing widespread damage.
Environmentalists warn that climate change could lead to more disasters, especially in Bangladesh, a low-lying and densely populated area.
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