Floods Kill 6 In Cyclone Hit Areas
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) _ Rivers swollen by monsoon rains overflowed Saturday in southeastern Bangladesh, flooding dozens of villages, killing at least six people and forcing 50,000 from their homes, officials said.
The floods compounded the miseries of the survivors from a devastating cyclone April 29, which had left more than 131,000 people dead along the southeastern coast.
Officials at the Flood Control Center said six people, three of them children, drowned early Saturday in the Satkania and Chandanaish areas of Chittagong district.
The region’s three major rivers - the Sankha, Matamuhuri and Sonadia - burst their banks following three days of heavy rains.
Road communications between Chittagong and southern sea resort town of Cox’s Bazaar were cut off by floods that innundated sections of the highway.
Bangladesh, a low lying delta nation of 110 million people, suffers frequently from flooding.
Heavy rains last month in northern Bangladesh spawned floods that killed at least 51 people and affected about 4 million.