Violent storms have killed 75 people in Bangladesh, wrecking homes and crops over an 800-square kilometre (300-square-mile) area.
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4. GV Street peddler sells food. Rickshaw carries passengers through flooded street 0.54
5. GVs Floodwater laps at steps of building and more people wade through water (2 shots) 1.05
6. GV PAN & GV Boys push rickshaws through flooded streets to overcome water resistance (2 shots) 1.25
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Background: DHAKA, BANGLADESH
Violent storms have killed 75 people in Bangladesh, wrecking homes and crops over an 800-square kilometre (300-square-mile) area. In Dhaka, where low-lying districts were isolated, pedestrians were on May 3 finding it difficult to wade through flooded streets in the city centre. With weathermen forecasting another few days of rain, people living in high-rise apartment blocks had less to fear than those in single-storey houses. While street peddlers were defying the rain to chase customers, rickshaws were doing brisk trade in the less-affected parts of town. In some busy districts, however, rising water levels were making it increasingly hard for people to leave their beleaguered homes, and make headway through the waterlogged city. Official sources said the east and south-east of the country was worse affected. About 50-thousand people were said to have been made homeless in the Sylhet region of eastern Bangladesh, while hundreds more fled in the Comilla district after the Gumui river broke its banks. With nearly 50-thousand tonnes of crops lost, the authorities appealed for increased international aid.
Source: REUTERS - RAFIQUR RAHMAN