More than 300 000 people stranded after severe floods hit Bangladesh-Myanmar border

More than 300 000 people stranded after severe floods hit Bangladesh-Myanmar border

Heavy rains falling over the Bangladesh-Myanmar border region since Monday, July 26, 2021, caused severe flooding in which at least 20 people have died and more than 300 000 were stranded. This is the region where nearly one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are living in the world's largest refugee camp.

In 24 hours to July 28, the region received over 300 mm (11.8 inches) of rain -- nearly half the monthly rainfall average for July.

According to Cox's Bazar District administrator, Mamunur Rashid, the floods have claimed the lives of at least 20 people, including 6 Rohingya refugees.

Some 306 000 people in Cox's Bazar district have been stranded after at least 70 villages have been flooded, Rashid added.

More than 2 500 shelters have been damaged or destroyed and some 36 000 people evacuated into schools and cyclone centers.

More heavy rains are expected in the days ahead. 

The country's rainy season lasts from June through October.

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