Third of Bangladesh underwater as monsoon drenches region Jul 15, 2020 0 388 12345 AFPBiswambharpurAlmost four million people have been hit by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Tuesday, with a third of Bangladesh already underwater from some of the heaviest rains in a decade.The monsoon -- which usually falls from June to September -- is crucial to the economy of the Indian sub-continent, but also causes widespread death and destruction across the region each year.“This is going to be the worst flood in a decade,” Bangladesh’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre chief Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan told AFP.The heavy rains have swollen two main Himalayan river systems -- the Brahmaputra and the Ganges -- that flow through India and Bangladesh.Bhuiyan said about a third of flood-prone Bangladesh was underwater, and at least 1.5 million people were affected, with village homes and roads flooded.In north-central Bangladesh, the Brahmaputra river was almost 40 centimetres higher than normal and threatening to burst its banks, district administrator Farook Ahmed told AFP.Most villagers were trying to stay near their flood-damaged homes, but some 15,000 had fled severely affected areas, officials said.In the northern town of Biswambharpur, villagers said most of the houses were partly underwater after the Surma, a major river in northeast Bangladesh, burst its banks.In Assam, northeast India, more than 2.1 million people have been affected since mid-May. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Libya tensions rise after Egypt threat to intervene Jul 15, 2020 0 420 Russian, Turkish troops wounded in bomb attack in Syria’s Idlib Jul 15, 2020 0 485 House-to-house check on COVID-19 patients in Philippines Jul 15, 2020 0 1289 Indian state of Bihar to go into lockdown: Deputy chief minister New Delhi The northern Indian state of Bihar, which has a population around 125 million people, will go into a 15-day coronavirus lockdown to combat coronavirus, its deputy chief minister said Tuesday. “Bihar .. Three Pakistani soldiers killed in militant attack Islamabad Militants on Tuesday opened fire on Pakistani security forces, killing three soldiers and wounding eight others in the country’s troubled southwest, the military said. The incident took place near Gichak .. Two men executed in Iran after bomb attack Tehran Two men have been executed in Iran after a bomb attack in the city of Mahabad in West Azerbaijan province in 2010, the local judicial agency said, according to the ISNA news agency. Both were hanged in the provincial .. Ethiopia partially restores internet after two-week shutdown AFP Addis Ababa Ethiopia on Tuesday partially restored internet connectivity two weeks after taking the entire country offline in response to protests and ethnic violence prompted by the murder of a pop singer. Wifi .. US forces pull out of five military bases in Afghanistan DPA Kabul American troops have withdrawn from five military bases in Afghanistan based on provisions of an agreement Washington signed with the Taliban late in February, both sides confirmed on Tuesday. The two sides .. Iran reports 179 new virus deaths Tehran Iran on Tuesday reported 179 new deaths from the novel coronavirus as authorities announced a decision to once more shutter some businesses in the capital to contain the virus’ resurgence. Health ministry .. Algeria reports 527 new coronavirus cases, highest daily record DPA Algiers Algeria has recorded 527 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, health authorities said, the highest single-day increase in the North African country. In recent weeks, the number of infections in ..