A third of Bangladesh has been underwater after some of the heaviest rains in a decade, officials said. According to the most recent figures available, nearly 1m homes were inundated and 4.7m people were affected.
The floods are caused by torrential rains brought by the monsoon which usually falls from June to September.
“This is going to be the worst flood in a decade,” Bangladesh’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre chief Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan told the AFP news agency.
He said if more rivers burst their banks, some 40% of the nation could be flooded “in a worst-case scenario”.