Bangladesh and India endured severe floods

Sylhet, Bangladesh, May 17, 2022: Vehicles get stuck in flood waters. Many roads have been submerged due to heavy rains for several days.

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Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least 24 places in Bangladesh and parts of India in recent weeks, as thousands of people were displaced as extreme weather conditions became more frequent and severe across South Asia due to climate change.

Floodwaters have inundated villages in the northeastern Indian state of Assam and affected about two million people in Bangladesh’s Sylhet region. According to local reports, the rains have washed away villages, flooded roads, damaged crops and cut off access to drinking water and electricity for some people.

It is raining at a time when India is also battling record-breaking heat waves that have forced millions of people to change their jobs and livelihoods. According to an analysis published last week, heat was likely to be 100 times higher due to climate change.

Troops evacuate a villager in the Indian state of Assam

Army troops evacuate flood-hit villagers after heavy rains in the Indian state of Assam’s Hojai district on May 19, 2022.

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People travel in flood waters in Sylhet, Bangladesh

People walk through flood waters on May 17, 2022 in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Many roads in Sylhet have been submerged due to continuous rains for several days.

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Houses flooded in Beanibazar, Bangladesh

Houses flooded in this aerial photograph after heavy rains on May 21, 2022 in Beanibazar, Bangladesh.

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Doctors examine villagers at a mobile medical camp in the Indian state of Assam

A doctor examines a flood-affected villager at a mobile medical camp in Hojai district, Assam, India, on May 19, 2022.

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People walk through flood-hit areas in the Indian state of Assam

People walk on a flood-damaged road after heavy rains in Nagaon district of Assam state on May 19, 2022.

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A man is transporting gas cylinders through flood waters in Sylhet, Bangladesh

A man transports liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders in a rickshaw van along a path on the banks of the Surma River, which overflowed after heavy rains in Sylhet, Bangladesh on May 19, 2022.

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Villagers take a boat over a flooded area in the Indian state of Assam

Villagers travel by boat through a flooded area after heavy rains in Nagaon district of Assam state on May 19, 2022.

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In the Indian state of Assam, villagers are moving their cattle to a partially flooded road

Villagers take their cattle to a partially flooded road after a boat trip through floodwaters on May 19, 2022, after heavy rains in Nagaon district in the Indian state of Assam.

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Villagers walk through flood-hit areas in the Indian state of Assam

Villagers walk through the flood-hit area of ​​Bakula Guri village in Nagaon district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, May 15, 2022.

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