In Bangladesh, at least 12 people have died as rivers burst their banks in the Ganges Delta.
AERIAL VIEW Flood districts of Rajshahi and Dacca (2 shots)
GV PAN Group of houses on stilts with water level submerging foundations.
GV Building under construction flooded
SV Telegraph poles and pylons (3 shots)
SV Young boy and old man wading through flooded land around their hut (4 shots)
SV Woman washing dishes (3 shots)
Flooded rural area (3 shots)
GV Boats on river having burst banks with town in background
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Background: In Bangladesh, at least 12 people have died as rivers burst their banks in the Ganges Delta. The Ganges and its tributaries carried floodwaters from india, where heavy monsoon rains have killed over 500 people. The floods in Bangladesh have not caused damage as severe as in India, but already at least 2 million people in four districts are affected by the rising waters.
SYNOPSIS: Much of the Rajshahi district is under water. It lies sandwiched between the Ganges and Jamuna rivers, the main waterways through Bangladesh carrying the floodwaters. The stilt houses in the delta show that the people of Rajshahi are prepared for floods, but none so severe as the one at the end of this year's monsoon season. Some areas are cut off, with roads under water. Only the high telegraph poles and power lines escape the floods. The situation in rural districts is far worse where at least twelve people were killed by Sunday (17 August).
Those on small farms are worst hit. Their huts are flooded, and with the youngest and oldest unable to flee the rising waters, their lives have been endangered. The district administration's rescue programme is slow to reach small villages, and there is a danger of families being isolated. Flood victims wait for days for the boats dispatched by the local authorities. Motor launches and even speed boats are used in the rescue operation. The flood victims are being evacuated to 14 temporary camps, but the rising waters have destroyed fields and crops and ruined many farmers' livelihoods. There are no official damage estimates as yet, but with the whole of the Indian subcontinent's northern plains affected, the floods could cost 1000 million dollars. And with the population in the affected regions displaced and their crops ruined, there is the threat of wide-spread famine.