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Massive floods maroon more than 1 million people in Bangladesh's northeastern region

Bangladesh’s northeastern border district of Sylhet has been inundated by massive floods in less than one month, marooning more than 1 million people and causing property damage, according to officials.

All 13 sub-districts of the tourist-hub region, famous for tea gardening, have been flooded from days-long heavy rain and an onrush from the upstream neighboring state of India.

“The whole region, including the surrounding areas, has been affected by the flood. And even except a very few parts, the whole Sylhet City Corporation have been swamped,” Deputy Commissioner of Sylhet, Md. Mojibur Rahman, told Anadolu Agency.

But he said there have been no casualties to date and authorities have taken necessary support to relieve residents.

“We have already allocated 400 metric tons of rice and 1.7 million (Bangladeshi) taka ($19,000) as hand cash to distribute among the affected people,” said Rahman.

The local administrative head also warned that it might take seven to eight days to discharge the water after the rain and upstream onrush stop, meaning that millions in the region have to endure more suffering for weeks to come.


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