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At least 28 people have died and millions of homes have been flooded after flooding in northeastern India and Bangladesh.

Both countries have asked the military to help with the extreme deluge, which officials say could increase if more rain is forecast for the weekend.

At least 15 people have been killed by lightning and four people have been killed in landslides in Bangladesh since Friday, police officials said.

Indian army personnel rescue flood-stricken villagers on a boat in the village of Jalimura, west of Gauhati, India, Saturday, June 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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Indian army personnel were called in to rescue villagers in the village of Jalimura, west of Gauhati

Floods in Bangladesh, described by a government expert as possibly the worst in the country since 2004, were exacerbated by torrential rain runoff over the Indian mountains.

At least nine people have died in the floods in the Indian state of Assam, according to the state’s disaster relief agency, and two million others have seen their homes flooded.

The Brahmaputra River, one of the largest in Asia, broke through the mudbanks and flooded 3,000 villages and farmland in 28 of Assam’s 33 districts.

“The amount of rain is unprecedented,” said Sanjay O’Neil, an official at the meteorological station in Gauhati, Assam’s capital. “We expect moderate to heavy rain in various parts of Assam until Sunday.”

Incessant rains ravaged India for five consecutive days and saw several train services cancelled. Flooding flooded an entire train station in Halfong, southern Assam, throwing mud and silt along the railway lines.

The Indian military has been asked to assist other disaster relief agencies in rescuing stranded people and providing food and supplies to those whose homes are under water.

“We are using speedboats and inflatable rafts to rescue people affected by floods,” an army official said.

Widespread flooding, fueled by monsoon rains, has stranded nearly 6 million people in the two countries.

In low-lying Bangladesh, the districts near the Indian border have been hardest hit.

Rickshaws are seen on the streets during heavy rain that caused major flooding in the northeast of the country, in Bangladesh, Dhaka, June 18, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
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Rickshaw drivers battled heavy rain in the capital Dhaka

According to the Flood Prediction and Warning Center in Dhaka, the country’s capital, water levels are rising in all major rivers across the country. The flood-prone country has about 130 rivers.

Floods are likely to worsen in the worst-affected Sunamganj and Sylhet districts in the northeastern region, as well as Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Rangpur districts in northern Bangladesh, the center said.

Flights at Osmani International Airport in Sylhet have been suspended for three days as water nearly reached the runway, airport manager Hafiz Ahmed said.

Rickshaws are seen on the streets during heavy rain that caused major flooding in the northeast of the country, in Bangladesh, Dhaka, June 18, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
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Rickshaw drivers battled heavy rain in the capital Dhaka
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Residents had to wade through flooded streets in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Photo: AP

Bangladesh has a long and wet monsoon season and is ravaged by tropical cyclones generated in the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal.

But as human activity warms the planet, the South Asian country faces warmer summers and higher rivers and more flooding during monsoons — which are also less regular.

The disrupted weather patterns mean bad news for crop yields and diseases. The charity WaterAid has warned that water contamination poses a high risk of disease outbreaks.

“Water and sanitation facilities will be destroyed and washed away,” Hossain I Adib, WaterAid’s acting country director, said of “some of the worst flooding in decades.”

Clean water will become contaminated if toilets and latrines overflow, increasing the risk of disease outbreaks, he said, calling for better access to clean water.

According to the United Nations’ climate science group, the IPCC, about 17% of people in Bangladesh would have to be relocated in the next decade if global warming from rising sea levels continues at its current rate.

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