Bangladesh floods kill 6, displace thousands

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Posted: Jul 22, 2011 3:12 AM
Bangladesh floods kill 6, displace thousands

Floods triggered by monsoon rains in southern Bangladesh have killed 6 people, displaced more than 10,000 and washed away shrimp farms close to the Bay of Bengal, authorities said Friday.

The region's Matamuhuri and Bakhkhali rivers overflowed after five days of heavy rain and inundated about 200 villages, chief government administrator Zainul Bari said. The displaced have taken shelter in school buildings in the flood-hit district of Cox's Bazar, he said.

He said flood waters damaged shrimp farms and paddy crops in the affected areas.

Bari said government relief workers are handing dried food and clean drinking water to the displaced.

Also Friday another government official Shafiq Mia said six flood-related deaths have been reported in the area, 296 kilometers (185 miles) south of Dhaka.

Dhaka's Ittefaq newspaper reported that flood waters swamped parts of a highway in the area disrupting road transportation. Many marooned people are using boats to go about.

Monsoon floods are common in Bangladesh, a tropical delta nation of 150 million people.