Bangladesh Floods Left Hundreds of Thousands of People Stranded

Bangladesh officials said the government deployed the military to evacuate and rescue hundreds of thousands of people stranded in the northeastern and northern regions of the country due to flooding from heavy monsoon downpours.

According to the Military Inter-Service Public Relations office, heavy flooding caused by torrential rain destroyed thousands of houses and cut the electricity in the northeastern districts of Sunamganj and Sylhet.

On Friday, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center in Dhaka warned that water in all major rivers across the country is rising.

Osmani International Airport manager Hafiz Ahmed said they suspended flight operations in the airport in Sylhet for three days from Friday as flood water had almost reached the runway.

Last month, a pre-monsoon flash flood from upstream India’s northeastern states hit Bangladesh’s northern and northeastern regions and destroyed crops, houses, and road networks.

According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, about 17 percent of 160 million people in Bangladesh must be relocated over the next decade if global warming continues at the present rate.

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