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Flash Floods in Bangladesh Leave Tens of Thousands Homeless

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Bangladeshi officials say flash floods caused by two days of torrential rains have affected more than 50-thousand people in the northeastern part of the country. The officials say worst-hit were two districts -- Moulvaibazar and Habibganj -- as three rivers overflowed their banks late Tuesday. So far, there are no reports of casualties from the affected region, but tens of thousands of people in scores of villages were forced out of their homes. Local officials say villagers joined government engineers in piling sand bags in an effort to plug the breaches. Floods have become an annual occurrence in Bangladesh during the monsoon season, which lasts from June to September. Last year, two-thirds of the country was swamped with floodwaters, leaving some 20-million people homeless for weeks. More from our Dhaka reporter, Zahurul Alam.

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