Yes, the monsoon has arrived in Bangladesh....with a vengeance.
The heaviest rain in 53 years battered Bangladesh’s capital Tuesday, leaving at least six people dead and stranding thousands in their swamped homes.
Streets waist-deep in water caused huge traffic snarls in the city of 10 million people.
Heavy monsoon rains have battered Bangladesh's capital, flooding streets and homes, stranding thousands and forcing businesses and schools to close.
The national weather office said more than 333mm of rain had been recorded in Dhaka on Tuesday in the past 12 hours.
Luckily, James and Jess are not currently in Dhaka, but further out in Joypara. and thankfully, got a message to me on Facebook today that they are fine there. The Dhaka residents are not so lucky, and the suburb where James and Jess are due to move to soon is waist deep in water. with all power shut off to reduce the electrocutions from the low slung power lines!
This has happened before in Bangladesh, regularly.
But I do worry about the people,
and the lack of shelter and risk of disease due to lack of clean drinking water.
Christchurch suddenly feels a pretty good place to live :)
You can also read more about life in Bangladesh with James and Jess