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Mon Jun 20, 2022, 08:56 AM

South Asia floods hampering access to food, clean water

Source: AP


DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Days of flooding are challenging authorities Monday in South Asia as they try to deliver food and drinking water to shelters across submerged swaths of India and Bangladesh.

The high water brought on by seasonal monsoon downpours has already claimed more than a dozen lives, displaced hundreds of thousands and flooded millions of homes.

Those who remain in their homes can be seen wading through streets flooded up to their knees. In Sylhet, an eastern Bangladesh city on the Surma River, a man stands in the doorway of his flooded shop, where top shelves are crammed with things in an effort to keep them above water. Two women stand inside a flooded home lit only by the cloudy sky outside. Local TV said millions remained without electricity.

Enamur Rahman, junior minister for disaster and relief, said that up to 100,000 people have been evacuated in the worst-hit districts, including Sylhet. About 4 million people have been marooned in the area, the United News of Bangladesh said.

A man stands at the doorway of his flooded shop in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. Floods in Bangladesh continued to wreak havoc Monday with authorities struggling to ferry drinking water and dry food to flood shelters across the country’s vast northern and northeastern regions. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

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