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© Reuters. People board a boat while sheltering during widespread flooding in the northeast of the country, in Sylhet, Bangladesh, June 19, 2022. Photo: Kazi Salahuddin Razo – Reuters

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DHAKA/ASAM, India (Reuters) – At least 25 people were killed by lightning or landslides in Bangladesh over the weekend, while millions were left stranded or homeless in the low-lying northeastern parts hit by the worst monsoon floods in the country’s history. the talk. Officials said.

At least 17 people were killed in the tsunami that started this month in the neighboring Indian state of Assam, Indian police officials said on Sunday.

Several rivers of Bangladesh have risen to dangerous levels, and heavy rain run-off from the mountains of India has worsened the situation, said Arifzaman Boyan, head of the state’s Flood Warning and Forecasting Centre.

Thousands of police and military personnel have been deployed to parts of the country to assist in search and rescue efforts.

About 105,000 people have been evacuated so far, but police officials estimate that more than four million are still stranded.

Syed Rafiq-ul-Haq, former MP and politician of the ruling party in Sonamganj district, said the country faces a humanitarian crisis if proper rescue operations are not carried out.

“Almost the entire Sylhet-Sonamgang belt is under water and millions of people are stranded,” he said, adding that the victims were left without food, drinking water and communication networks.

Provincial officials said about 3.1 million people have been displaced, with 200,000 living in temporary government-run shelters on elevated levees or at other heights.

Bangladesh and India have experienced increasingly severe weather conditions in recent years that have caused significant damage.

Environmentalists warn that climate change could lead to more disasters, particularly in sparsely populated Bangladesh.

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