In Bangladesh, flash floods triggered by heavy seasonal rains and onrush of water from hills across the Indian borders yesterday claimed lives of at least 18 people in three northwestern districts.
Flood situation in Dinajpur district, some 338 km northwest of capital Dhaka, deteriorated drastically early on Sunday after an embankment for protection of the the district town was broken, said a police officer.
He said that five people were dead after flash floods swept away places in Kahrol. Abdul Majid, another official of the district’s Birol Police Station, said four people were dead and one man was missing after a flash flood roared Birol.
Overall flood situation is also alarming in two more Bangladesh districts — northwestern Lalmonirhat and northern Kurigram — where rivers are flowing above the danger level.
Eight more deaths have been reported in these two districts in connection with the massive floods. The Lalmonirhat and Kurigram deaths reported by the local media, however, have not been confirmed immediately.
Apart from the district, flash floods eroded large portions of villages and agricultural lands, and washed away buildings elsewhere in Bangladesh.