Bangladesh Drenched by Monsoon Floods
Bangladesh's northeastern tea-growing area was hit by flash floods Tuesday, leaving several thousand people stranded in their homes, officials said.
They said days of heavy monsoon rains and gushing waters from neighbouring India triggered the floods in Sylhet and Moulavibazar districts.
Low-lying areas were flooded and most rivers in the area were flowing above what is considered the danger mark.
"Several thousand people have been hit by the floods as Sylhet and adjoining areas have been experiencing non-stop rains for the past three days," Abdus Subhan Shikder, the administrative chief of Sylhet, told AFP by telephone.
No casualties were reported, but the floods damaged crops and homes.
The area is adjacent to India's Cherrapunji district, which records the world's highest annual rainfall.
Rains also flooded Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, leaving the streets in the old city knee-deep in water and causing massive traffic jams -- DHAKA (AFP)
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