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Bangladesh Floods: 8 Lives Lost, Situation Faces Worsening Threat

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The death toll from floods in Bangladesh has tragically risen to eight as heavy rains caused major rivers to overflow, affecting over two million people, officials confirmed.

Bangladesh, home to 170 million people and crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers, has witnessed more frequent floods in recent years due to the climate crisis. Erratic rainfall patterns and melting glaciers in the Himalayas upstream exacerbate the situation.

Tragedy struck in Shahjadur when two teenage boys drowned after their boat capsized in floodwaters. In Kurigram, three individuals were electrocuted when their boats tangled with live wires submerged in floodwaters.

Three more fatalities were reported in other flood-related incidents across the country earlier this week.

The government has responded by opening hundreds of shelters for displaced residents and dispatching food and relief supplies to severely affected districts in northern Bangladesh.

Kamrul Hasan, Secretary of the Disaster Management Ministry, stated, "More than 2 million people have been affected across 17 districts. The flood situation may worsen in the north as the Brahmaputra River exceeds danger levels in some areas."

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In Kurigram, eight out of nine rural towns are submerged, with floodwaters rising significantly. Local officials, like Abdul Gafur, expressed the severity of the situation, citing extensive inundation of homes and a critical shortage of drinking water.

Bangladesh, currently in the midst of the annual summer monsoon, relies heavily on this seasonal rainfall for its agricultural cycle but faces recurrent risks of flooding and landslides.

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