150,000 marooned by Bangladesh floods

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Dhaka: At least 150,000 people have been marooned and thousands of hectares of crops destroyed by floods after weeks of heavy rain in Bangladesh’s northeast, an official said on June 22.

Five weeks of heavy rain caused rivers to burst their banks and flood large areas of countryside and villages, Sylhet district chief Sazzad Hossain told AFP.

“At least 36,000 families — around 150,000 people — have been maroon-ed by the floods in my district,” he said.

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