Monsoon Flooding Kills More Than 100 People in Bangladesh

By Mark Paquette
June 28, 2012; 7:29 PM
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Drivers pull their rickshaws carrying passengers through a flooded street in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Heavy monsoon rains have battered Bangladesh's capital, flooding streets and homes, stranding thousands and forcing businesses and schools to close. Similar flooding is now occurring in Chittagong. (AP Photo/Pavel Rahman)

Three days of heavy rain resulted in deadly flooding in Chittagong, forcing residents to find higher ground. In a 12-hour period on Tuesday, 15.75 inches of rain deluged the city.

Police and local officials say that flooding caused by monsoonal rainfall has killed more than 100 people in southeastern Bangladesh, according to the Washington Post . More people are presumed dead as many more are still missing.

Chittagong is the country's second biggest city, located on the Bay of Bengal, close to the border of Myanmar.

CNN reports that flights to and from the city were impossible for a period of time as part of a runway was flooded. Many roads and railways were unable to function due to high water.

The rain caused mudslides, burying and trapping people in their tin-roof homes.

Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated but are still unable to reach their homes as floodwaters slowly recede.

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