Flood has affected four million people in northeastern Bangladesh, according to Dr. Enamur Rahman, the country’s State Minister for Disaster Management. With significant rain expected in the next 24 hours, the situation might quickly deteriorate.
At least two people have died in Bangladesh as a result of flooding, Rahman said CNN on Sunday. According to news accounts, the death toll is substantially higher, with Reuters citing local officials as estimating 25 dead over the weekend.
Lack of telecommunication services has made it difficult to adequately estimate the extent of the devastation, especially in the hardest-hit areas of Sylhet and Sunamganj, according to Rahman.
He stated that 90% of Sunamganj’s district is under water, and the district is nearly completely cut off from the rest of the country.
According to the news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), about six million people have been displaced as a result of the floods.
The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society said on Twitter late Saturday that it will assist with resettlement efforts and will “give cash support to flood-affected households.”
Meanwhile, the flooding has affected the eastern Indian state of Assam, which borders Bangladesh.
At least eight people were killed there in the last 24 hours, according to the Assam Disaster Management Authority in a statement released on Sunday. Floods and landslides have killed at least 62 people in Assam since April, the agency also said.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a Tweet that he is praying “for the safety and well-being of the people of Assam affected by flooding.”
Modi said he had spoken to the chief minister of Assam, Hemant Biswa Sharma, and that he had taken “stock of the situation.”