October 7, 2005

Bangladesh floods kill 12, thousands homeless

BOGRA, Bangladesh (Reuters) - At least 12 people have died,
up to 50,000 have fled their homes and about 1.5 million are
marooned following heavy rains that flooded several districts
in northern Bangladesh, government officials said on Friday.

The deaths were mostly caused by the collapse of dozens of
mud houses, an official told reporters in the town of Bogra,
one of the areas affected by the flood, about 200 km (125
miles) north of Dhaka.

Thousands of families were camped out in schools and river
embankments, displaced by the second wave of flooding in the
northern region this year.

Hundreds of people die each year in monsoon floods that
strike large parts of low-lying Bangladesh and the eastern
states of India.