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Floods in Bangladesh cause eight deaths and two million affected, the government takes emergency measures.

Au Bangladesh, les inondations font au moins huit morts et deux millions de sinistrés
          Le gouvernement du pays a déclaré avoir ouvert des centaines d'abris pour les personnes déplacées, et envoyé de la nourriture et des secours aux territoires du nord les plus durement affectés.

The country has announced the establishment of numerous shelters to accommodate displaced persons, as well as the sending of food and relief supplies to the northern regions most affected by the crisis.

Floods in Bangladesh leave eight dead and more than two million affected

The recent floods in Bangladesh have had tragic consequences, with at least eight people dead and more than two million affected, following heavy rains that caused the overflow of major rivers, authorities confirmed on Saturday, July 6.

According to the local police chief, two adolescents lost their lives when a boat capsized in a rural town in the north of the country. In addition, three other people were electrocuted in another northern town. These five deaths add to the three recorded earlier in the week, bringing the death toll to eight, in addition to the 1.3 million people affected by the floods.

The government has set up hundreds of shelters to accommodate displaced persons and has sent food aid to the most affected areas in the north of the country.

The Brahmaputra River continues to rise

The secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management told AFP that “more than two million people have been affected by the floods, with seventeen of the country’s 64 districts affected.” He also warned of a possible worsening of the situation, as the level of the Brahmaputra River, one of the country’s main rivers, is currently above the alert level in some areas, with a rise of 2 to 2.5 meters in just three days.

Bangladesh is currently experiencing the summer monsoon, which accounts for a large part of the annual precipitation in South Asia and leads to many deaths and significant material damage due to floods and landslides. Experts point out that climate change is making monsoon rains more intense and unpredictable, thus increasing risks for vulnerable populations.

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Source of the article: Francetvinfo

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