Bangladesh and India face severe flooding

The situation is serious and it will get worse. “No sign of improvement in sight for Sylhet”, summarizes the Daily Star speaking of the city of 500,000 people in northeast Bangladesh hit by severe flooding this week. The lightning that accompanies the numerous thunderstorms has killed 21 people since Friday. Tens of thousands of families are left homeless as heavy rains are expected in the next few hours in Sylhet and neighboring Sunamganj district.

“Residents of Sunamganj and Sylhet are lost in waist-deep water inside and outside the house”, describe prothomalopainting an apocalyptic picture. “From hospitals, fire departments, food warehouses to emergency departments at T&T offices, most institutions are under water… There is a severe shortage of drinking water. The local administration is struggling to cope. The situation is such that a team from the Ministry of Health was unable to enter the town of Sylhet due to water yesterday”. She turned back in the direction of Dhaka, the capital.

The army has been called in to help residents facing the worst flooding in this region for a century, indicates the Daily Inquilab. “The sewers are overflowing into the houses. Extreme panic reigns among the local population and traders (…) Many seek refuge but there is no dry place. The water even entered the reception centres”adds the daily. “The city has become practically isolated from the rest of the country”.

The airport was closed because of the water approaching the runways, the station too. “And the roads could soon follow”warns the Daily Star. According to the newspaper, Sylhet risks becoming inaccessible within two days. The city is 80% flooded notice Bangladesh Pratidin. Deprived of a telephone network, Sylhet must also do without electricity “except for certain high-altitude areas”, specify the Daily Sangram. The power has been out since Thursday. “These areas now rely on candlelight. But there is also a shortage in this area..

At least two million Indians affected

Prothomalos interviewed Saiful Islam director of the water and flood management institute. He recalls that floods are recurrent in Bangladesh, a country of 160 million inhabitants at low altitude, “because of its geographical characteristics”. But global warming is the main reason behind the observed record rainfall. It also points to the role of deforestation and land use.

Neighboring India is also affected. In the state of Assam, around two million homes in 4,000 villages were flooded. Saturday night, Times of India counted seventeen dead in twenty-four hours in the region, fourteen in the floods, three others in landslides. Eight other people, including three children, were missing.

President Narendra Modi has contacted the chief minister of the state to assure him of the country’s support, reports NDTV. The channel also notes that in the state of Tripura, in northeastern India, 10,000 people have already seen water invade their homes and that the capital Agartala has recorded its third highest rainfall in the last sixty years. .

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