Bangladesh Floods Kill 15, Turn 10,000 Homeless
Planetark.org, July 22, 2005
DHAKA - Thousands of people have been left homeless and nearly one million are marooned in Bangladesh by a week of monsoon-driven floods that have washed away railway tracks and road bridges, officials said on Thursday.
"At least 10,000 people are left in the open as inflated rivers breaching embankments washed away some 2,000 homes in affected districts in the north and northwestern parts of the country," an official of the disaster management and relief ministry said.
He said local administrations were struggling to reach food and medicine to the stranded people in remote areas.
At least 15 people have died either by drowning or snake bites over the last 10 days, district officials said.
A bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said the main rivers, which flow from India, were likely to rise further in the next 24 hours,
Bangladesh suffers monsoon floods almost every year. The worst floods in 15 years swept the country in 2004, killing more than 1,000 people and making millions homeless.