Sylhet (Bangladesh): Lightning and storm in Bangladesh have killed at least 25 people and unleashed devastating floods that left more than four million others stranded, officials said.
Floods are a regular menace to millions of people in low-lying Bangladesh, but experts say climate change is increasing their frequency, ferocity and unpredictability.
Relentless downpours over the last week have inundated vast stretches of the country’s northeast, with troops deployed to evacuate households cut off from their neighburing communities. Schools have been turned into relief shelters.
Lightning strikes triggered by the storms have killed at least 21 people. Another four people were killed when landslides hit their hillside homes in the port city of Chittagong, police said.
Forecasters said floods were set to worsen over the next few days in Bangladesh and upstream in India’s northeast.