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At least 59 people dead in Bangladesh and India after floods leave millions stranded

Hundreds of people have been killed and many homes are now underwater due to massive floods in Bangladesh and north-eastern India.

According to the AFP news agency, at least 59 people were killed.

According to the agency, at least 21 people were killed by lightning storms in Bangladesh. The remainder were affected by floods, lightning, and landslides that occurred in India.

Authorities said that troops were sent to help thousands of people who had been left behind by flooding, which has disrupted their transport networks.

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Floods are a regular occurrence in Bangladesh, but experts believe that climate change is increasing their severity, frequency, and predictability.

Two million Assam State residents have been affected by floodwaters in India since Thursday, according to the state’s disaster management office.

The Brahmaputra, Asia’s most powerful river, broke through its mud embankments and inundated 3,000 villages in Assam’s 33 districts.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Saturday that he was praying to the safety of those affected by the floods.

Conrad Sangma, the chief minister of India’s Meghalaya states, tweeted that authorities were looking into damage caused by landslides within the north-eastern region.

According to Dhaka’s flood warning and forecasting centre, water levels are rising in all major rivers in Bangladesh.

There are 130 rivers in the flood-prone country.

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Millions under water in India and Bangladesh

Flooding in Bangladesh was caused by heavy rains that poured across Indian mountains. This expert said it could be the worst flooding since 2004.

A pre-monsoon flash flooding, which was triggered by water flowing upstream from India’s north eastern states, struck Bangladesh’s northern, and north-eastern areas last month. It destroyed crops, damaged homes, and caused extensive damage to roads and houses.

When fresh rains inundated the same areas this week, the country was just beginning to recover.

Bangladesh, home to 160 million people, has low elevation and is at risk from natural disasters like floods and cyclones. This situation is worsened by climate change.

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