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Eight lifeless, two million affected by Bangladesh floods

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This aerial view reveals an space partially submerged in flood at Rangpur district on July 6, 2024. The loss of life toll from floods in Bangladesh this week has risen to eight, leaving greater than two million affected after heavy rains brought on main rivers to burst their banks, officers confirmed on July 6
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The loss of life toll from floods in Bangladesh this week has risen to eight, leaving greater than two million affected after heavy rains brought on main rivers to burst their banks, officers confirmed on July 6.

The South Asian nation of 170 million folks, crisscrossed by lots of of rivers, has seen extra frequent floods in current many years.

Climate change has made rainfall extra erratic and melting glaciers upstream within the Himalayan mountains.

Two teenage boys have been killed when a ship capsized in flood waters in Shahjadur, the northern rural city’s police chief Sabuj Rana informed AFP.

“There were nine people in the small boat. Seven swam to safety. Two boys did not know how to swim. They drowned,” he mentioned.

Bishwadeb Roy, a police chief in Kurigram, mentioned that three others had been killed in two separate electrocution incidents after their boats grew to become entangled with stay electrical energy wires in flood water.

Another three died in separate flood-related incidents across the nation, officers informed AFP earlier this week.

The authorities mentioned it has opened lots of of shelters for folks displaced by the waters and despatched meals and aid to hard-hit districts within the nation’s north area.

“More than two million people have been affected by the floods. Seventeen of the country’s 64 districts have been affected,” Kamrul Hasan, the secretary of the nation’s catastrophe administration ministry, informed AFP.

Hasan mentioned the flood state of affairs might worsen within the north over the approaching days with the Brahmaputra, one in all Bangladesh’s foremost waterways, flowing above hazard ranges in some areas.

In the worst-hit Kurigram district, eight out of 9 rural cities have been marooned by flood water, native catastrophe and aid official Abdul Hye informed AFP.

“We live with floods here. But this year the water was very high. In three days, Brahmaputra rose by six to eight feet [2-2.5 metres],” Abdul Gafur, a neighborhood councillor within the district, informed AFP.

“Flood water has inundated more than 80 percent of homes in my area. We are trying to deliver food, especially rice and edible oil. But there is a drinking water crisis.”

Bangladesh is in the midst of the annual summer season monsoon, which brings South Asia 70-80% of its annual rainfall, in addition to common deaths and destruction resulting from flooding and landslides.

The rainfall is tough to forecast and varies significantly, however scientists say local weather change is making the monsoon stronger and extra erratic.

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