Floods have trapped two million people in Bangladesh.
After monsoon rains inundated large swaths of the country for the second time in weeks, Bangladesh has deployed military to assist two million people stranded by floods.
Floods are a constant threat to millions of people in Bangladesh’s low-lying areas, but researchers warn climate change is increasing the frequency, fury, and unpredictability of these natural disasters.
Much of the country’s northeast is flooded, and the situation is expected to deteriorate this weekend due to further strong rainfall.
Late last month, Sylhet was devastated by the worst flooding in in two decades, killing at least ten people and affecting four million more.One of Asia’s greatest rivers, the Brahmaputra, burst its mud embankments, flooding 3,000 villages and croplands in 28 of Assam’s 33 districts.
According to the state disaster management department in India’s Assam state, at least nine people perished in the floods, while 2 million others saw their homes swamped in flood waters.
On Friday, nine people were killed by lightning in Bangladesh.
Hundreds of classrooms are now being utilised as improvised shelters for individuals whose homes have been flooded, with authorities across the country suspending upcoming high school graduation tests.