The death toll from floods that swept northeastern India and Bangladesh has risen to at least 28, while millions of homes have been inundated.
British “Sky News” channel quoted, today, Saturday, Bangladeshi police officials as saying that at least 15 people died due to lightning strikes, and four others died as a result of landslides.
In the Indian state of Assam, at least nine people died as a result of the floods, while two million others were displaced after floodwaters inundated their homes.
The governments of the two countries requested the army’s help in dealing with the effects of the damages caused by the floods, which are expected to intensify due to heavy rains in the coming days, according to weather forecasts.
Noteworthy, Authorities announced Saturday that at least 18 people have died as a result of catastrophic floods in northeastern India and Bangladesh, which have submerged millions of houses and cut off transportation lines.
According to the state disaster management organisation in India’s Assam state, at least nine people were killed in the floods, and 2 million more had their homes flooded. Meanwhile, nine people were killed by lightning in Bangladesh on Friday.
Both countries have requested assistance from their troops as further flooding is forecast over the weekend.
One of Asia’s greatest rivers, the Brahmaputra, burst its mud embankments, flooding 3,000 villages and croplands in 28 of Assam’s 33 districts.
“Several sections of Assam are expected to receive moderate to heavy rains through Sunday. The amount of rain that has fallen has been extraordinary “Sanjay O’Neil, a meteorological station official in Gauhati, Assam’s capital, agreed.
Several railway services in India have been cancelled due to the continuous rain for the past five days. The railway station in Haflong, Assam, was submerged, and swollen rivers dumped mud and silt along the rail tracks.
The Indian army has been called up to help disaster relief agencies rescue stranded individuals and provide food and other necessities. Soldiers navigated inundated regions using speedboats and inflatable rafts.
Bangladesh’s districts closest to the Indian border have been hit the hardest.
According to the flood forecasting and warning centre in Dhaka, the capital, water levels in all major rivers across the country were rising. There are approximately 130 rivers in the country.
The flood situation is expected to worsen in the worst-affected Sunamganj and Sylhet districts in northeastern Bangladesh, as well as Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari, and Rangpur districts in northern Bangladesh, according to the centre.