Officials said more than four million people had been stranded by flooding in Bangladesh due to monsoon storms.
2022 Bangladesh Floods Are Worse In Last 20 Years
A government expert described the flooding in Bangladesh as the worst since 2004. The flooding was exacerbated by the runoff from heavy rainfall across Indian mountains.
Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain, the chief administrator of Bangladesh’s Sylhet region, said that much of the country’s northeast is under water and the situation is getting worse with the ongoing heavy downpour.
Sylhet is still recovering from last month’s flooding, when at least 10 people lost their lives and four million were affected, which was then the worst in almost two decades. This week’s rains have worsened the situation.
The situation near the Karatoya River is currently affected by flooding
As a result of the recent rains, the Karatoya River is expected to rise by 20-30 cm tomorrow morning when compared to this morning. If you are going near the riverfront, please be careful.
Death toll rises to 59 in the deadly Bangladesh floods
According to officials, at least 59 people have been killed by flooding as a swatch of water cuts across north-eastern India and Bangladesh, submerging millions of homes.
Experts say climate change is causing floods in low-lying Bangladesh to be more frequent, ferocious, and unpredictable.
Over the past week, torrential rains have inundated vast areas of the country’s northeast, causing troops to deploy to evacuate homes cut off from neighboring communities.
In a matter of hours, entire villages were inundated by rivers that burst their banks, flooding schools.
The entire village was under water by early Friday morning, leaving Lokman and his family stranded.
Our neighbour rescued us with a makeshift boat after we spent all day on the roof of our house. The 23-year-old said her mother had never seen such flooding in her lifetime.
An additional woman rescued from the rising waters said her family did not have food for two days.
“Our belongings couldn’t be brought in because the water rose so fast,” she said. When everything is underwater, how do you cook?”
AFP reports that at least 21 people have been killed by lightning strikes caused by the storms since Friday afternoon.
Mizanur Rahman, the chief of police in Nandail, said three children between the ages of 12 and 14 were struck by lightning on Friday.
AFP reports that landslides have killed four more people in Chittagong, a port city in Bangladesh.
Mosharraf Hossain, Sylhet region’s chief government administrator, told AFP the flooding worsened on Saturday morning after a respite from the rains the previous afternoon.
We are in a bad situation. Flood water has stranded more than four million people,” Hossain said, adding that nearly the entire region is without electricity.
Sylhet, Bangladesh’s third-largest international airport, was closed on Friday due to flooding.
Floods in Bangladesh and upstream in India’s northeast are expected to worsen over the next two days as heavy rains fall.
At least ten people have been killed, and four million people were affected by the floods in the Sylhet region late last month, which were their worst in nearly two decades.