Rains in India and Bangladesh leave at least 46 dead and millions affected
At least 46 people have died in recent days and millions are affected by heavy monsoon rains affecting northeastern India and the neighbor Bangladeshiwhere this Saturday the situation worsened, with large areas flooded and massive power outages.
The most affected regions are the northeastern Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya, with 34 dead since Tuesday, while in Bangladeshi 12 people died and some 4 million were affected, mostly in Sylhet and Sunamganj districts.
“The situation worsened today as it rained continuously. The rivers are also full, the water did not recede. Most of the areas of Sylhet and Sunamganj do not have electricity,” the Bangladeshi regional deputy commissioner, Mohammad Zakaria, told Efe.
This aggravation of the situation makes rescue efforts difficult, the source added.
Eight of the twelve deceased in Bangladesh died on Friday from the impact of lightning during storms, and the other four this Saturday from landslides in a mountainous area in the south of the country, various sources from the Ministry of Management of Environment revealed to Efe. Bangladeshi Disasters and Police.
In the Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya, fatalities from heavy monsoon-related rainfall have occurred since last Tuesday, according to regional governments and rescue teams.
The Meghalaya government reported on Twitter the death of 17 people in the region due to floods and landslides, including a member of the rescue teams. One person is also missing.
Due to heavy rains in the region, the Meghalaya authorities ordered the closure of some roads and educational centers for the next few days and discouraged non-priority travel.
For its part, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reported another 17 deaths, nine of them in its latest bulletin, since heavy rains began in the region earlier this week.
Rescuers estimate that just over a million people have been affected by the heavy downpours, with at least 50 people having to be rescued in one village on Thursday, the Indian Defense Ministry said.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast in its latest report that extremely heavy rains will persist for the next three days in both regions and in eastern Bengal and northern Sikkim.
These incidents are common in South Asia during the monsoon season, between May and September, when they usually cause hundreds of deaths and millions of people affected.
Last month at least 74 people died and millions of people were affected by heavy rains that hit northern India and Bangladesh.
With information from EFE
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