India, Bangladesh floods drained millions of homes

India, Bangladesh floods drained millions of homes

Dhaka: At least 18 people have died as floods cut a swatch across north-eastern India and Bangladesh, leaving millions of homes underwater.

In India’s Assam state, at least nine people died in the floods and two million others saw their homes submerged in floodwaters, according to the state disaster management agency.

Lightning in parts of Bangladesh killed nine people on Friday.

Families ford roads broken by floodwaters in Korora, wets of Gauhati, India.

Families ford roads broken by floodwaters in Korora, wets of Gauhati, India.Credit:PA

Both countries have asked the military to help with the severe flooding, which could worsen because rains are expected to continue over the weekend.

The Brahmaputra, one of Asia’s largest rivers, breached its mud embankments, inundating 3,000 villages and croplands in 28 of Assam’s 33 districts.

“We expect moderate to heavy rainfall in several parts of Assam until Sunday. The volume of rainfall has been unprecedented,” said Sanjay O’Neil, an official at the meteorological station in Gauhati, Assam’s capital.

Several train services were canceled in India during incessant rains over the past five days. In southern Assam’s Haflong town, the railway station was under water and flooded rivers deposited mud and silt along the rail tracks.

Trains were drowned and buses stranded as rivers flooded roads in Assam.

Trains were drowned and buses stranded as rivers flooded roads in Assam. Credit:PA

India’s army has been asked to help other disaster response agencies rescue stranded people and provide food and essentials to those whose houses are submerged under floodwaters.

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