At least 48 people have died in India since June 14, after torrential rains ravaged the northeastern state of Assam, according to the disaster relief authority, causing landslides and swollen riverbanks. More than 5.5 million people have been affected in the state alone, the authority added.
Assam’s prime minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Tuesday visited one of the 1,687 relief camps housing more than 260,000 displaced people in the state.
In the nearby state of Meghalaya, at least 25 people have been killed, 11 missing and 22 injured since June 9, according to state officials.
Video broadcasts on local television showed people in affected cities wading waist-deep in muddy water and turning streets into rivers, with vehicles submerged.
In neighboring Bangladesh, officials say at least 22 people have been killed in flood-related incidents, including electrocutions and landslides.
According to UNICEF, as many as 4 million people, including 1.6 million children, have been stranded by the flash floods.
“Children now need safe drinking water. Preventing deadly waterborne diseases is one of the top concerns,” Sheldon Yett, UNICEF representative in Bangladesh, said in a statement Monday.
The downpour has caused catastrophic flooding in the northeastern region of Sylhet, local officials said.
“The floods are the worst in 122 years in the Sylhet region,” Atiqul Haque, director-general of Bangladesh’s Disaster Management Department, told Reuters on Monday.
According to UNICEF, health facilities in Sylhet have been flooded, while children were at increased risk of drowning.
More than 36,000 children and their families have sought refuge in overcrowded shelters, UNICEF said.
Schools have been forced to close and exams have been cancelled, further impacting their education after months of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, it added.
CNN’s Esha Mitra reported.