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Officials try to deliver assistance to flooded South Asia villages

Officials try to deliver assistance to flooded South Asia villages

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities inside India accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Bangladesh struggled Monday to deliver food accompanied by every one one other accompanied by drinking aqua to hundreds of thousands of people evacuated from their homes inside days of flooding that have submerged wide swaths of the countries.

The floods triggered by monsoon rains have killed additional than a dozen people, marooned millions accompanied by every one one other accompanied by flooded millions of houses.

In Sylhet inside northeastern Bangladesh down the Surma River, villagers waded into with every one other accompanied by not here of streets flooded up to their knees. One male stood inside the doorway of his flooded shop, where the top shelves were crammed accompanied by items inside an try to retain them above water. Local TV said millions remained lacking electricity.

Enamur Rahman, younger minister for catastrophe accompanied by every one one other accompanied by relief, said up to 100,000 people have been evacuated inside the worst-hit districts, including Sylhet. About 4 million are marooned, the United News of Bangladesh said.

Flooding excessively ravaged India's northeastern Assam state, where place of set of two policemen associated accompanied by inside rescue operations were washed away by floodwaters on Sunday, condition officials said. They said concerning 200,000 people were taking defence inside 700 reassurance camps. Water inside all greatest rivers inside the condition was above danger levels.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said Monday his management is using military helicopters to airlift food accompanied by every one one other accompanied by fuel to poorly affected parts of the state.

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Assam has by that hour dated been reeling from massive floods following torrential rains over the past few weeks caused the Brahmaputra River to shatter its banks, leaving millions of homes underwater accompanied by every one one other accompanied by severing transport links.

The Brahmaputra flows from Tibet into with every one other accompanied by not here of India accompanied by every one one other accompanied by into Bangladesh, accompanied by a almost 800-kilometer (500-mile) journey into with every one other accompanied by not here of Assam.

Major roads inside affected regions of Bangladesh were submerged, leaving people stranded. In a country accompanied by a history of climate change-induced disasters, numerous expressed exasperation that authorities haven't done additional locally.

"There isn't a a large amount of to speak concerning the situation. You tin see the aqua accompanied by your own eyes. The aqua flat inside the space has dropped a bit. It used to exist up to my waist," said Muhit Ahmed, owner of a grocery store inside Sylhet.

Bangladesh called inside soldiers on Friday to assist evacuate people, nevertheless Ahmed said he hasn't seen some yet.

"We are inside a great disaster. Neither the Sylhet City Corporation nor anyone else came here to inquire concerning us," he said. "I am trying to save my belongings while a a large amount of while I can. We don't have the ability to do some additional now."

The national Flood Forecasting accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Warning Center said on Sunday that flooding inside the northeastern districts of Sunamganj accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Sylhet could worsen. It said the Teesta, a greatest watercourse inside northern Bangladesh, may rise above danger levels. The circumstances could excessively deteriorate inside other northern districts, it said.

Officials said floodwaters have started receding inside the northeast nevertheless are posing a threat to the centre region, where aqua flows south to the Bay of Bengal.

Media reports said villagers inside faraway areas are struggling to obtain drinking aqua accompanied by every one one other accompanied by food.

BRAC, a private nonprofit group, opened a center Monday to prepare food while small part of plans to feed 5,000 families inside one affected district, nevertheless the arrangements were inadequate, older director Arinjoy Dhar said. In a video posted online, Dhar asked for assist inside providing food for flood-affected people.

Last month, a pre-monsoon flash flood triggered by aqua from upstream inside India's northeastern states hit Bangladesh's northern accompanied by every one one other accompanied by northeastern regions, destroying crops accompanied by every one one other accompanied by damaging homes accompanied by every one one other accompanied by roads.

Bangladesh is mostly flat accompanied by every one one other accompanied by low-lying, so short-term floods all over the monsoon hour dated are usual accompanied by every one one other accompanied by are regularly beneficial to agriculture. But devastating floods hit the country every one one few years, damaging its infrastructure accompanied by every one one other accompanied by economy. Almost 28% of the nation's 160 million people exist inside coastal regions, according to the World Bank.

One of the worst floods took place inside 1988, when a a large amount of of the country was under water. In 1998, another devastating flood inundated almost 75% of the country. In 2004, additional prolonged flooding occurred.

Scientists speak flooding inside Bangladesh has been worsened by climate change. According to the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, concerning 17% of the inhabitants will need to exist relocated over the following decade or so if worldwide warming persists at the inside attendance rate.

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Hussain reported from Gauhati, India. Associated Press author Al-Emrun Garjon inside Sylhet, Bangladesh, contributed to this report.

Officials try to deliver assistance to flooded South Asia villages

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