GUWAHATI: Authorities stated on Monday that at least 26 additional people have been killed in India as a result of summer flooding and lightning storms, while millions remain stranded in the nation and adjacent Bangladesh.
Floodwaters are a common hazard in India and Bangladesh, but scientists warn changing climate is boosting the frequency, ferocity, and unpredictability of these natural disasters for the 1.6 billion people who live in the two nations.
Persons were killed in landslides in India’s northeast state of Assam, while six more died in flood waters, according to disaster response officials.
However, according to disaster control minister Renu Devi, lightning-sparked by thunderstorms murdered at least 17 persons in Bihar’s eastern state.
Assam continues to be wracked by catastrophic floods, with 5,140 villages inundated throughout the state’s 33 districts. Over 100,000 residents have sought sanctuary in relief camps.
The state was initially struck in April when pre-monsoon rains brought floodwaters that murdered 44 people.
After several weeks, the floodwaters retreated, only to rise once more in June at the beginning of the yearly monsoon season, bringing the state’s death toll to 71 thus far.
Since last Thursday, at least 15 to 20 people have died in the neighboring state of Meghalaya as a result of landslides and swelling floods that inundated roadways.
Monsoon Rains and Floodwaters
Monsoon rains have also wreaked havoc in Bangladesh, stranding millions of people and killing scores so far.
Floodwaters were gradually draining from Sylhet’s northeastern area on Monday, however, millions remained stranded, according to Mosharraf Hossain, the district’s top administrator.
“The assistance centers are overflowing with displaced individuals. There is a severe food and water shortage. Many people are afraid to return home, and many people have lost their homes to floodwaters,” he added.
Officials said the retreating water is flooding areas in Habiganj and Brahmanbaria lower downstream.
An eight-year-old girl was wiped away by rough seas from her swamped garden in Jamalpur district and subsequently found dead, according to police officer Aminul Islam.
Heavy rains continued to fall inside the southeastern Chittagong Mountains areas, causing flooding in the port city and increasing the risk of landslides.
According to the meteorological bureau, India’s annual monsoon rains have blanketed more than half of the nation, and circumstances are favorable for it to proceed into the central, northern, and western areas this week.
- The monsoon season is getting close to becoming ordinary.
- The arrival of the monsoon will aid farmers in speeding up the sowing of season wheat, which has been slowed by below-average rainfall during the first quarter of June, particularly in central India.
- According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the monsoon has blanketed the whole of southern and eastern India, as well as much of central Madhya Pradesh.
“The monsoon has returned. Many parts of southern and central India may have significant rain this week, according to an official from the IMD. According to the official, conditions are important for the monsoon to progress farther into Madhya Pradesh as well as Uttar Pradesh.
According to IMD statistics, India got 8% less rainfall from June 1 — the start of the monsoon season — to June 19 than the historical average. The rainfall shortfall was 36 percent from June 1 to 14.