Millions stranded as flooding causes havoc in Bangladesh

Heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in parts of Bangladesh, leaving at least one million stranded.

About two million people have been marooned by the worst floods in Bangladesh’s northeast for nearly two decades while nearly one million people have been affected by the flooding.

Many parts of Bangladesh are prone to flooding, and experts have said that climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events around the world.

Videos showed in Bangladesh’s Zakiganj, people fishing on submerged roads and some residents took their cattle to flood shelters.

Floodwater breached a major embankment in Bangladesh’s Sylhet region, affecting around two million people, swamping dozens of villages and killing at least 10, AFP reported.

Arifuzzman Bhuiyan, head of the state-run Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, told AFP that the floods had hit some 70 percent of Sylhet district and about 60 percent of neighbouring Sunamganj.

“It is one of the worst floods in the region,” he told AFP.

But he said the situation would improve further in the next few days after heavy rains stopped.