Millions Stranded in Bangladesh
Jul. 21, 1998
DHAKA , Bangladesh (AP) _ Monsoon flooding in Bangladesh has stranded millions and killed at least 103 people, according to official and media reports Tuesday.
The government has sent nearly 17,000 doctors and paramedics around the country to treat waterborne diseases and distribute water purifying tablets, said Dr. Ruhul Alam, a government relief official.
The country's three main rivers were overflowing and rainwater from across the border was inundating fresh areas in Bangladesh. A government official estimated high waters have stranded 10 million people.
The Bangladesh Observer reported 13 people drowned Monday, bringing the overall toll to 103.
The low-lying delta nation of 120 million people is buffeted by floods and cyclones that kill hundreds of people every year.