26 more dead in India monsoon fury, waters recede in Bangladesh
At least 26 people have died in monsoon floods and lightning strikes in India, while millions were trapped in the country and neighboring Bangladesh, authorities said Monday.
Floods are a regular threat in India and Bangladesh, but experts say climate change is increasing the frequency, ferocity and unpredictability for the two countries’ 1.6 billion people.
In India’s northeastern state of Assam, three people have died in landslides, while six others have died in flooding, disaster relief authorities said.
At least 17 people have been killed by lightning caused by storms in the eastern state of Bihar, according to local disaster minister Renu Devi.
Assam continued to falter under severe flooding, with 5,140 villages in the state’s 33 districts flooded.
More than 100,000 villagers seek refuge in shelters.
The state was first hit in April when pre-monsoon rains arrived, causing flooding that killed 44 people.
The water subsided after a few weeks, only to rise again in June at the start of the annual monsoon season, bringing the state toll to 71 so far.
At least 16 people have died in neighboring Meghalaya state since last Thursday after landslides and rising rivers flooded roads.
Monsoon storms have also caused devastating flooding in Bangladesh, stranding millions and killing dozens so far.
On Monday, floodwaters gradually receded from the northeastern district of Sylhet, though millions are still stranded, said Mosharraf Hossain, the district’s chief administrator.
“The shelters are full of affected people. There is a huge food and drinking water crisis. Many are afraid to return home, while many lost their homes in the flood waters,” he told AFP.
But the receding water is flooding districts further downstream in Habiganj and Brahmanbaria, officials said.
In the Jamalpur district, an eight-year-old girl was swept by strong currents from her flooded backyard and later found dead, police officer Aminul Islam told AFP.
Heavy rain continued to fall in the southeastern districts of the Chittagong Hills, leading to flooding in the port city and an increased risk of landslides.
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