The monsoons that hit Asia are causing mass destruction in Bangladesh. The floods are threatening the local economy and could lead to hunger. 700,000 homes have been destroyed, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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Bangladesh has suffered from massive flooding, covering one-third of its area, following the severe monsoons in South Asia over the past few weeks. The heavy rainfall lead to 142 deaths within the country. At least 51,000 people have already been evacuated from their homes, while the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) estimates that 700,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed.

“The water was up to our knees inside the house,” said Adere Begum, who was inside her home with her daughters when the flooding began. “There were snakes in the water and my children were very scared,” she added. In many areas, entire homes were washed away along with crops, food and even animals.

Evacuees from the flooding in Bangladesh

Evacuees from the flooding in Bangladesh Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

More than half of Bangladesh’s citizens work in agriculture, particularly growing rice. More than 2 million acres were damaged and a quarter of a million acres were completely destroyed.

Flooding in Bangladesh

Flooding in Bangladesh Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

“People were fearful they would soon begin to starve,” Corinne Ambler, who is part of the IFRC team, told CNN. “They are used to seasonal flooding, but nothing to this degree. This is a different level – for miles around, all you can see is water. The flooding has transformed the countryside.”