Nearly a quarter of Bangladesh is under water as severe flooding continues in the country's north-eastern region.
AV SHOWING Flooded Sylhet district (6 shots)
MV Boats sailing over land where houses once stood (2 shots)
GV Flooded village with half submerged buildings (2 shots)
SV Wooden bridge over fields (2 shots)
GV Showing flooded huts (2 shots)
MV Children playing in water around flooded buildings (4 shots)
Some Bangladesh officials claim that the floods are a direct result of the construction of a barrage by India across the River Ganges. The officials say that the diverted waters have caused silage on the river bed and prevented the monsoon waters from escaping to the sea.
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Background: Nearly a quarter of Bangladesh is under water as severe flooding continues in the country's north-eastern region.
SYNOPSIS: At least 200 villages in the Syhlet district have disappeared beneath the flood-waters and an estimated 300,000 people have been left homeless. Flood control experts in bangladesh predict that the situation will get worse once snows start melting in the Himalayan range across the border in India. Most of the country's rivers are flowing at danger level and earlier five burst their banks. The high water levels have been caused by heavy monsoon rainfall causing the worst floods in Bangladesh for 30 years.
In some areas, there are no traces of the villages. Boats sail where carts went along the dirt roads only a week before. But even where the flooding has not been so extensive, the buildings have been totally ruined. Major evacuation operations have started to move families to higher ground. Government relief officials fear the floods will not only cause widespread damage but also destroy the rice crop -- Bangladesh's main crop. But those problems are far from the minds of the children. They are just eager to make the most of their new watery playground.