Bangladesh prepares for new torrential rains | News


Local authorities in Bangladesh reported this Sunday that the torrential rains will last until next Friday, June 24, which so far have left dozens dead as a result of the floods reported since last Wednesday that left more than 90,000 affected.


Report more than a million affected by rains in India

Secretary of State for Disaster Management and Relief, Enamur Rahman, reported that: “Some 90,000 people in Sylhet and Sunamganj districts have been affected by the floods and have been transferred to shelters.”

The floods, which exceeded the danger lines in two of the four main river basins, caused by the persistent and severe monsoon wind rains are considered the worst in more than a hundred years.

Accordingly, the official of the meteorological station in Gauhati, the capital of the Indian state of Assam, Sanjay O’Neil, told international sources that: “The volume of rain is unprecedented.”

For his part, the head of the Red Cross delegation in Bangladesh, Sanjeev Kafley, said: “The road communication system has been completely interrupted in the affected areas.”

In this sense, Kafley added that: “Most of the Sylhete area is affected. Communication by boat is feasible. But the boats are not enough” as she praised the work of the more than 300 volunteers who “are active in responding to the current floods”.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change about 17 percent of the population in Bangladesh will need to be relocated within 10 years due to the consequences of climate change.

Many of Bangladesh’s rivers have risen to dangerous levels and runoff from heavy rains from Indian mountains has exacerbated the situation, said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, director of the state-run Flood Forecasting and Warning Center.

Thousands of police and army personnel have been deployed in parts of the country to help search and rescue efforts.

Some 105,000 people have been evacuated so far, but police estimated that more than four million were still stranded.

The weather department has announced that torrential rains are expected in the country from Monday, June 20 (overnight) to Wednesday, June 22, 2022. The weather department reported that a strong weather system is likely to enter the upper and central from the country.

Punjab Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal urged all relevant departments to remain vigilant and improve communication with the district administration in case of possible flooding.

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