Breach worsens B’desh floods; death toll nears 100 in India Jul 19, 2019 0 1287 12345 ReutersDHAKA/GUWAHATIOne of Bangladesh’s main rivers breached an embankment, flooding a northern district and forcing thousands from their homes, an official said on Thursday, as the toll from monsoon rains in neighbouring India climbed to 97 in two flood-hit states.Several million people are living in camps and makeshift settlements in India’s eastern state of Bihar and northeastern Assam, officials said, with heavy rains and flooding since last week driving even animals to seek shelter in people’s homes.The monsoon brings heavy rains to South Asia between June and October, often triggering floods later in the season. In Bangladesh, the Jamuna river broke through an embankment on Wednesday night, inundating at least 40 villages and displacing more than 200,000 people, government official Rokhsana Begum said.“We have enough supply of dry food and drinking water but we cannot reach many areas due to high water levels,” said the official in the district of Gaibandha, one of 21 hit by floods.Inadequate supplies are also a concern in the Indian state of Assam, where more than 5.8 million people have been forced out of their homes, but the situation is improving.“No fresh areas have come under floodwaters since Wednesday night,” Assam’s health and finance minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, said.The state’s Kaziranga National Park, home to endangered one-horned rhinos and tigers, was waist-deep in water, with animals sheltering in higher areas, and some straying into villages.On Thursday, an adult tiger was found sleeping on a bed in a house on the edge of the sanctuary. “It appears the tiger strayed into a human settlement area to escape the floods and now appears very tired,” park director Shiv Kumar said.“We are preparing to tranquilise the tiger.” The floods have killed at least 43 animals, but authorities worry that poachers could take advantage of the deluge to target animals, especially one-horned rhinos, whose numbers are down to about 3,500 worldwide. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES ‘Appalling’ arson attack on Japanese animation studio kills at least 33 Jul 19, 2019 0 1688 Former Pakistani PM Abbasi arrested by anti-graft agency Jul 19, 2019 0 1337 Twelve killed, scores hurt in Afghanistan Taliban car bombing Jul 19, 2019 0 219 War on numbers: Philippines govt targets drug killing data Reuters MANILA Facing a UN human rights investigation into its bloody war on drugs, the Philippines presented a new death toll on Thursday to counter much higher numbers given by critics. But rights groups accused the .. India demands Pakistan release Jadhav after world court ruling AFP New Delhi India on Thursday demanded that Pakistan release an alleged spy after the International Court of Justice called for a review of a death sentence against him. The arch-rivals each declared victory after the .. US sanctions on Myanmar military leaders inadequate: UN investigator Reuters DHAKA Sanctions imposed this week by the United States on Myanmar’s military leaders over human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims do not go far enough, UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee said on Thursday. .. Sri Lanka detectives arrest top police watchdog official Colombo: Sri Lankan detectives Thursday arrested the chief executive at the police watchdog over his alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar gun-running racket and sought international help to trace four other .. Malnutrition, disease kill 139 displaced in Indonesia’s Papua: Group Reuters JAKARTA Thousands of people in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have been displaced by fighting between soldiers and separatists, and at least 139 of them have died from malnutrition and disease, an .. 2 Thai monks arrested for burning another monk to death Bangkok: Two Thai Buddhist monks have been arrested and charged with murder and arson for burning another monk to death, police told dpa on Thursday. The murder of monks by fellow clergymen is rare in Thailand, where ..