20 killed, lakhs stranded in Bangladesh floods

Dhaka: At least 20 people, including police, were killed on Monday after devastating floods triggered by a monsoon storm in Bangladesh left millions stranded.

According to the news agency Xinhua, lakhs of people are still homeless or homeless due to the severe floods in about a dozen districts of Bangladesh. According to the daily flood report of the country’s Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room, at least eight people were killed by lightning in flood-affected areas of four districts of Bangladesh, while landslides in south-eastern Chattogram district since June 16. Four people died.

Another death was reported on Monday from Sunamganj district of Sylhet, about 296 km northeast of Dhaka, where the body of a policeman who was washed away in flood waters on Thursday night was recovered on Saturday night.

In addition, an unfortunate child was swept away by Major Teesta after she slipped from her mother’s lap on her way to a flood shelter on Sunday in Bangladesh’s Gaibandha district, about 268 km northwest of the capital Dhaka.

Besides them, six more people died on Sunday, of whom thousands were taken to nearly 1,000 flood shelters, mainly in the country’s northeast Sylhet and Sunamganj districts, where the entire 60 lakh population suffered the worst ever. Reportedly affected by the flood. more than a century, Xinhua reported.

The disaster situation report prepared by the country’s National Disaster Response Coordination Center under the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief has forced thousands of families to run away from home in nearly 10 districts of Bangladesh.

Local TV reports showed extensive damage to settlements, crops, roads and highways in vast areas of the country, mainly the northeastern region, due to the floods.

According to the Center for Flood Forecasting and Warning, water levels in various rivers of the country may rise again this week, causing fresh flooding in some areas.

Mohamed Kamarul Hasan, secretary of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, previously told Xinhua that thousands of policemen, Bangladesh Army personnel and members of emergency service staff have been deployed in parts of the country to assist with search and rescue efforts. .

“Bangladesh Army personnel have already been deployed as floods have devastated the north-eastern districts of Sunamganj and Sylhet,” he said.

Bangladesh’s Minister of State for Disaster Management and Relief, Mohammad Enamur Rahman, told reporters on Saturday that both the country’s government and private agencies were working together in the Sylhet region, which is facing the worst floods in 122 years.

First published:20 June 2022 at 8:02 pm

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