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Ruinous Flooding in India and Bangladesh Kills at Least 116

NEW DELHI — Heavy monsoon rains in India and Bangladesh have flooded an airport and knocked down cellphone towers, bridges and energy traces, slicing off communications for tens of millions of individuals and forcing the evacuation of a whole bunch of hundreds.

At least 116 individuals have been killed in the flooding and lightning strikes, in addition to in landslides, which have made rescue operations much more troublesome, in accordance with officers.

This newest catastrophic flooding comes lower than a month after excessive rainfall submerged cities, inflicting widespread distress in the area.

(*116*) Monday, officers in Assam, a state in northeastern India bordering Bangladesh, stated all of the state’s 33 districts had been affected by the floods, which they blamed for undoing nearly a decade of progress on constructing roads, bridges and different infrastructure connecting far-flung cities and villages dotted throughout the state’s lush inexperienced mountains. At least 73 individuals have died on account of the catastrophe in the state, in accordance with news reports.

More than 400 rescuers have been deployed in the state, stated H.P.S. Kandari, a commander with India’s National Disaster Response Force.

In the neighboring state of Meghalaya, extraordinarily heavy rainfall pummeled the cities of Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, in one of many wettest areas in the world. (*116*) Friday, Mawsynram recorded about 40 inches of rainfall in a single day, one of many wettest in June since 1966. In the Dangar space close by, at least 5 individuals in one household had been killed in a landslide on Monday, Conrad Sangma, the state’s chief minister, stated on Twitter.

The record-shattering rain in the state has additionally led to intensive flooding throughout the border in Bangladesh, the place rivers had been already overflowing. “We haven’t seen such rainfall in many, many years,” stated Dr. Tarekul Islam, a professor at the Institute of Water and Flood Management at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Dhaka, the capital.

Dr. Islam stated the heavy rainfall flooded the nation’s Sylhet area, one of many worst affected since final month, when the floodwaters of the Brahmaputra and different rivers broke their banks and inundated massive components of the low-lying nation of about 170 million individuals.

Since the May flooding, greater than 4 million individuals in northeastern Bangladesh have been left homeless, together with 1.6 million kids, stated the United Nations Children’s Fund in a information launch on Monday. “Children need safe drinking water right now,” stated Sheldon Yett, UNICEF’s consultant to Bangladesh. “Preventing deadly waterborne diseases is one of several critical concerns.”

At least 38 individuals have died in Bangladesh due to the most recent flooding, in accordance with the Foundation for Disaster Forum, a Dhaka-based nonprofit working to offer meals and shelter to individuals in Sylhet. Days of rainfall and flooding have knocked down cell phone towers and compelled the authorities to snap energy traces to stop electrocution.

Selim Miah, a farmer who lives in the Gowainghat subdistrict of Sylhet, stated his house was washed away by the floods.

All his 10-member household had at the second, he stated, was some puffed rice, molasses and a two-liter bottle of consuming water, which reduction staff had offered to them.

“I have never seen an extensive flood like this,” stated Mr. Miah, 29. “When the flood water entered our living room, we put everything we had on top of the tin roof, including our cattle. But we could not stay like that because the water also reached the roof.”

Over the weekend, with the facility traces nonetheless down, Bangladesh’s well being ministry ordered officers in Sylhet to offer important electrical energy assist to the Sylhet M.A.G. Osmani Medical College, one of many major hospitals in the area, by utilizing diesel-powered mills.

One of Bangladesh’s largest airports, the Osmani International Airport in Sylhet, was nonetheless flooded on Monday after rainwater compelled officers to cancel all flights on Friday.

Bangladeshi officers stated on Monday that a whole bunch of hundreds of individuals had been compelled to depart their properties due to the floods and that they had been making an attempt to rescue those that had been nonetheless stranded.

“We have evacuated more than 300,000 people who were marooned,” stated Mosharraf Hossain, a authorities official in the Sylhet area. “Many of them have lost their houses made of tin and bamboo.”

Karan Deep Singh reported from New Delhi, and Saif Hasnat from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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