Monsoon floods in Bangladesh and India affect millions

Rahman told CNN on Sunday that at least two people had died due to flooding in Bangladesh. The news agency’s reports suggest the figure is much higher, with Reuters reporting 25 deaths over the weekend, local officials quote.

Lack of telecommunications services has made it difficult to fully assess the extent of the damage, especially in the hard-hit districts of Sylhet and Sunamganj, Rahman said.

He noted that 90% of the Sunamganj district is underwater and almost completely cut off from the rest of the country.

Nearly six million people have been displaced due to the floods, Bangladesh news agency Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) reported on Saturday.

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society plans to help with resettlement efforts and will “provide cash assistance to the flood-affected families,” the organization wrote on Twitter late Saturday.

Meanwhile, the East Indian state of Assam, which is neighboring Bangladesh, has also been hit by the floods.

At least eight people were killed there within the last 24 hours, according to the Assam Disaster Management Authority in a statement released Sunday. Floods and landslides have killed at least 62 people in Assam since April, the agency also said.

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