Bangladesh floods leave 100 dead, 250,000 stranded

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Bangladesh floods leave 100 dead, 250,000 stranded

DHAKA: At least 100 people have died and 250,000 left stranded by flash floods and landslides in Bangladesh set off by the heaviest rain in years, police and officials said on Wednesday.

The low-lying and densely populated country, which is in its wet season, has been battered by five days of torrential downpours.

The deaths took place late on Tuesday and on Wednesday. Most were caused by landslides, others by wall collapses, lightning strikes and surges of floodwater. Army, police and fire brigade personnel were helping in rescue efforts.

Weather officials said more rain was expected over the next few days.
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