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Pre-monsoon downpours have inundated parts of India and Bangladesh in recent weeks

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Pre-monsoon downpours have inundated parts of India and Bangladesh, killing at least 24 people in recent weeks and sending 90,000 people to shelters, authorities said Monday.

The two heavily populated South Asian nations are prone to frequent flooding and are considered the main victims of climate change.

The deaths have been reported since April 6 in India’s northeastern region as Assam state continues to experience flooding. Those who left their homes because of the floods are accommodated in 269 camps set up by the authorities.

The Indian army and air force have had to evacuate thousands of people over the past two weeks. Helicopters dropped essential items to people trapped in vulnerable places in the worst affected district of Dima Hasao. The Indian Space Research Organization uses satellites to assess the damage.

Flash floods have occurred in the Bangladeshi districts of Sylhet and Sunamganj, which border northeast India.

At least three rivers were flowing above the danger level on Monday, said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center in Dhaka, the nation’s capital.

Bangladeshi media said hundreds of villages were abandoned while crop fields were badly damaged. People also lack drinking water because wells have been flooded or the water supply system has been damaged.

No casualties have been reported in Bangladesh so far.

TV channel Jamuna said while floodwaters receded from some areas, many new areas were hit by further flooding on Monday.

Authorities said hundreds of villages remained cut off from electricity supplies while road infrastructure was badly damaged.

ABC News

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