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India and Bangladesh: heavy rains, floods and lightning kill dozens


In Assam state, at least 41 people died and seven people were missing on Tuesday, according to the state’s disaster management authority, which runs 1,425 relief camps housing 230,000 displaced people.

Northeast India and northern Bangladesh were particularly affected by the severe weather, which caused some of the region’s worst flooding in years and isolated some towns.

In the state of Bihar, in northeastern India, a lightning strike killed 17 people on Saturday according to its chief minister, Nitish Kumar.

And in neighboring Meghalaya state, which also borders Bangladesh to the south, at least 24 people have died since June 9 and three are missing, according to R. Lyngdoh, a senior official with the Bangladesh Disaster Management Authority. the state of Meghalaya.

More than 633,000 people have been affected by the floods and the state Disaster Management Authority will airdrop essential items to some road-cut districts, Lyngdoh added.

In Bangladesh, floods submerged roads and highways and cut off entire districts from the rest of the country.

Enamur Rahman, the country’s minister of state for the Ministry of Disaster Management, told CNN on Sunday that at least two people had died due to the floods. News agency reports suggest the toll is much higher, however, with Reuters reporting 25 deaths over the weekend, citing local officials.

A lack of telecommunication services made it difficult to fully assess the extent of the damage, especially in the hard-hit districts of Sylhet and Sunamganj, Rahman said.

People gather to collect food aid in a flooded area in Companiganj, Bangladesh on Monday.

About 90% of Sunamganj was underwater and almost entirely isolated from the rest of Bangladesh on Sunday, he added.

The Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) news agency reported on Saturday that nearly six million people had been displaced due to the floods.

Officials said millions of people were receiving food and shelter in temporary relief camps.

“We were struggling to establish communication with some neighborhoods, but we are now in contact with everyone. Our main problem at the moment is the lack of drinking water and food, but we are taking care of (some) and let’s try to transport it by helicopters,” said Muhammad Mosharrof Hossain, a senior official from the Sylhet division in Bangladesh, one of the worst affected areas.

About 300,000 people were currently in shelters on Monday, Hossain added.