Climate change a factor in ‘unprecedented’ flooding of South Asia

Left: State Bank of India, Right: London South Bank University, tags: climate change factor unprecedented flooding - CC

Scientists say climate change is a contributing factor behind the unpredictable, early droughts that caused unprecedented floods in Bangladesh and northeast India, killing dozens of people and killing millions of others.

A total of 36 people have been killed in Bangladesh since 17 May, while the Indian authorities have reported that a total of 78 people have been killed by flooding in Assam, with a further 17 killed by a landslide.

Preventing fatal water illnesses is one of several decisive causes, Sheldon Yett, UNICEF representative to Bangladesh, said in a statement Monday.

Videos broadcast on local TV showed people in affected towns wading waist-deep in the muddy water and turning alleys into rivers whose vehicles overflowed.

Scientists say Bangladesh floods were exacerbated by climate change.

The north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya had nearly three times as much precipitation in the first three weeks of the month as the average in June, whereas the tea-growing state of Assam received twice as much rainfall on a monthly basis in the same period.

So far, floods have been rare in the north-west of Bangladesh, but Assam, known for its tea production, had to cope with floods more typically later in the year during the usual monsoon season.

State Bank of India

State Bank of India is an Indian multinational public sector bank and financial services statutory body headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. (wikipedia)

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