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Devastating floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains have killed more than 950 people and affected close to 40 million across northern India, southern Nepal and northern Bangladesh, officials said. The rains have led to wide-scale flooding in a broad arc stretching across the Himalayan foothills in the three countries, causing landslides, damaging roads and electric towers and washing away tens of thousands of homes and crops. Bangladesh, the death toll... »
The High Court in Bangladesh has ordered the government not to approve any more factories or industrial units within 10km of the Sundarbans. It has given the government six months to file a list of existing industrial units within the 10km radius of the world’s largest mangrove forest. The orders came on Thursday after the court heard a writ petition filed by Sheikh Faridul Islam, chairman of Save the Sundarbans... »
The government has decided to rename the “Ministry of Environment and Forests” the “Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change”. A proposal to this end was approved in the fourth meeting of the National Committee on Environment held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair in her office here sunday. Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the meeting also approved the draft of the... »
The coal-fired power plant of Rampal, which is currently under construction will produce enough ashes that will be required to be stored in a pond at the plant site. This kind of ash reservoir in the plant site is prone to spread and pollute the adjacent Sundarbans with Mercury, which may cause a serious threat to the biodiversity of the Sundarbans area. The National Committee to Protect the Sundarbans (NCPS)... »
Disaster-hit Rangamati, that saw a devastating series of landslides in a decade which claimed 108 lives there, has been lurched into uncertainty with crisis of food and fuel. Meanwhile, power was restored in Rangamati around 10:08pm. Grid lines along Satchhari, Kalabagan, Manikchhari and Bedpachuri areas were destroyed in the overnight landslides on Wednesday. Fuel shortage was running high in the district. In Sadar, two major refueling stations – in Banarupa... »
At least 125 have died after heavy rain triggered landslides in three hill districts of southeastern Bangladesh. Related Stories Four soldiers were among the victims whose bodies were recovered in rescue operations, said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief’s control room in Dhaka on Tuesday night. The highest casualty is in Rangamati where 88 people have died, said GM Abdul Quader, a deputy secretary at the... »
The government report on environmental impacts of the coal-fired power plant in Rampal has largely ignored the hazards that the shipping and dredging the plant will bring, two foreign experts have said. Dr William Kleindl, research faculty at the University of Montana in the US, and Dr Jon Brodie, professorial research fellow at Australia’s James Cook University, have come up with the research report at the request of the National... »
US President Donald Trump is poised to pull the country out of the Paris climate accord, US media report, quoting senior officials. The American leader refused to reaffirm his country’s commitment to the accord at a G7 summit in Italy on Saturday. He said he would make up his mind after returning to the US. Mr Trump, who has called climate change a “hoax” on occasion, has reportedly indicated this... »
The powerful storm made landfall around 6am at Kutubdia, near the fishing port of Cox’s Bazar, said the Met office. Five hours after hitting the coast, Shamsuddin Ahmed, a director at the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, told bdnews24.com around 11:30am that the storm has started to weaken. “It’s expected to weaken further and turn into a land depression in 12 hours,” he said adding the strong winds and heavy rains in... »
Cyclone Mora has hit Bangladesh, lashing the country’s south-eastern coast with heavy rain and winds. The powerful storm made landfall on Tuesday morning between the fishing port of Cox’s Bazar and the city of Chittagong, with winds of up to 117 km/h (73mph), Bangladesh’s Meteorological Department said. Authorities have been moving more than one million people to shelters. Parts of India and Myanmar are also expected to be affected. It... »