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A house stands surrounded by floodwaters in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. Early and strong monsoon rains have brought heavy flooding to n...
Flood-affected people take shelter in a makeshift relief centre at Companygonj in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. Early and strong monsoon ...
A flood-affected girl walks with relief material at Companygonj in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. Monsoon rains in South Asia typically be...
A man walks through flood waters in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. Monsoon rains in South Asia typically begin in June. But this year heav...
Flood-affected people take shelter in a relief centre at Companygonj in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. With rising global temperatures due...
A flood-affected girl collects drinking water from an inundated water hand pump at Companygonj, in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. With ris...
Flood-affected people receive relief material at Companygonj in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. Villagers waded, swam and paddled makeshift...
Flood-affected people take shelter in a relief center at Companygonj in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
An Indian army soldier rescues a flood-affected child from Tarabari village, west of Gauhati, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Monday, June ...
A flood-affected woman with a child rows her makeshift banana rafrt towards safer areas from marooned Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian sta...
A man holds a candle and prepares to eat a meal inside his house inundated by floodwaters after continuous rainfall in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June...
Flood-affected people move towards safer grounds from marooned Tarabari village, west of Gauhati, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Monday, J...
A woman hangs clothes to dry outside her flooded house after continuous rainfall in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June 15, 2022. (With rising global temp...
A rickshaw driver ferries a passenger past a flooded street after continuous rainfall in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June 15, 2022.  With rising global...
A man carries his children to safer grounds from flood-surrounded Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Monday, June 20, 2022. ...
A girl spreads her school books out to dry after reaching safer grounds from flooded Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Mond...
A flood-affected woman sits in a temporary shelter on a safer ground after leaving fr flooded Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian state of As...
Villagers construct temporary shelter at a safer ground after leaving their flooded village of Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian state of A...
People look out from the window of their flooded house in Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Monday, June 20, 2022. Early an...
A cow takes shelter at a higher ground near flooded Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Monday, June 20, 2022. Early and stro...
A woman with children rows a raft made from banana trees toward a safer area from the flooded village of Tarabari, in the northeastern Indian state of...

A house stands surrounded by floodwaters in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. Early and strong monsoon rains have brought heavy flooding to n...

Flood-affected people take shelter in a makeshift relief centre at Companygonj in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. Early and strong monsoon ...

A flood-affected girl walks with relief material at Companygonj in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. Monsoon rains in South Asia typically be...

A man walks through flood waters in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. Monsoon rains in South Asia typically begin in June. But this year heav...

Flood-affected people take shelter in a relief centre at Companygonj in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. With rising global temperatures due...

A flood-affected girl collects drinking water from an inundated water hand pump at Companygonj, in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. With ris...

Flood-affected people receive relief material at Companygonj in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. Villagers waded, swam and paddled makeshift...

Flood-affected people take shelter in a relief center at Companygonj in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, June 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)

An Indian army soldier rescues a flood-affected child from Tarabari village, west of Gauhati, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Monday, June ...

A flood-affected woman with a child rows her makeshift banana rafrt towards safer areas from marooned Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian sta...

A man holds a candle and prepares to eat a meal inside his house inundated by floodwaters after continuous rainfall in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June...

Flood-affected people move towards safer grounds from marooned Tarabari village, west of Gauhati, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Monday, J...

A woman hangs clothes to dry outside her flooded house after continuous rainfall in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June 15, 2022. (With rising global temp...

A rickshaw driver ferries a passenger past a flooded street after continuous rainfall in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, June 15, 2022. With rising global...

A man carries his children to safer grounds from flood-surrounded Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Monday, June 20, 2022. ...

A girl spreads her school books out to dry after reaching safer grounds from flooded Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Mond...

A flood-affected woman sits in a temporary shelter on a safer ground after leaving fr flooded Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian state of As...

Villagers construct temporary shelter at a safer ground after leaving their flooded village of Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian state of A...

People look out from the window of their flooded house in Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Monday, June 20, 2022. Early an...

A cow takes shelter at a higher ground near flooded Tarabari village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Monday, June 20, 2022. Early and stro...

A woman with children rows a raft made from banana trees toward a safer area from the flooded village of Tarabari, in the northeastern Indian state of...

SYLHET, Bangladesh (AP) — Early and strong monsoon rains have brought heavy flooding to northeastern India and Bangladesh, killing dozens of people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and cutting millions off from crucial supplies.

In the particularly hard-hit area of Sylhet in Bangladesh, villagers waded, swam and paddled makeshift rafts or small skiffs to a boat delivering aid that had moored to one shelter, its ground floor covered halfway to the ceiling with water.

Monsoon rains in South Asia typically begin in June. But this year, heavy downpours lashed northeastern India and Bangladesh beginning in March, triggering floods as early as April in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina surveyed many of the flooded areas by helicopter Tuesday and urged regional leaders to speed up relief efforts at a meeting with them.

The U.N. children’s agency says about 4 million people — including 1.6 million children — have been cut off by the floods in the country’s northeast and that without fresh drinking water, they could be in serious danger of waterborne diseases.

On the other side of the mountain range to the north of Sylhet in India’s Assam state, the torrential rains sent the Brahmaputra River spilling over its banks in many areas, leaving destruction and triggering massive landslides.

Assam authorities reported 10 more flood deaths on Tuesday, bringing its total to 64, with 17 others killed in landslides.

Nearly a quarter-million people are now living in emergency relief camps in Assam, and many others have constructed their own temporary shelters and cobbled together basic rafts to escape areas cut off by the floods.

The National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Army have evacuated thousands of people in the last week from the roofs of their houses with inflatable boats. They fear some people are still missing.

The Brahmaputra River flows from India into northern Bangladesh on its way to the Bay of Bengal, and Bangladesh’s Flood Forecast and Warning Center warned Tuesday of dangerously high waters for the next five days.

With rising global temperatures due to climate change, experts say the monsoon is becoming more variable, meaning that much of the rain that would typically fall in a season is arriving in a shorter period of time.