Devastating floods in India and Bangladesh


Heavy floods and landslides have killed at least 47 people and affected more than 700,000 in India’s northeastern state of Assam, as one of the world’s largest rivers, the Brahmaputra, inundated more than 3,200 villages over the past three days. Landslides occurred. All roads and bridges in and out blocked. Air Force helicopters evacuated people from a train that was left stranded on waterlogged tracks at a station.Nearly 90,000 people have been moved to state-run relief shelters. “The flood situation is turning critical by the hour,” Assam’s water resources minister, Pijush Hazarika, told media. A large rescue effort with participation of the army is ongoing. 2,000 people trapped in the district of Hojai were retrieved. The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast “very heavy to extremely heavy” rain in the region.


“The situation remains extremely grave in the worst-hit Dima Hasao district, with both rail and road links snapped due to flooding and landslides,” said Assam’s revenue minister, Jogen Mohan. “People don’t have drinking water, there’s limited food in stock, all forms of communications have been cut off and we don’t have any means of transportation as all the roads have been washed away by floods and landslides,” India’s prominent 10-year-old climate change activist Licypriya Kangujam decllared. Heavy rains have also caused widespread flooding in parts of Bangladesh affecting about two million people n the country’s northeast. At least 100 villages at Zakiganj were inundated. The climate change is continuosly influencing such disasters because every extra degree of global warming increases the amount of water in the atmosphere by about 7 percent.