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Floods around the world have inundated deserts and killed 135 people.

Slightly lessAt least 135 people have died in Pakistan and Afghanistan due to ongoing flooding in the region, reports CBS.

Sylhet City Corporation area has been submerged in flood.

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About 70 people have died in the past five days as heavy rains hit Afghanistan, the government's disaster management department said. 65 people died in Pakistan. There, water accumulated on the streets and bridges. Pakistan has been hit by spring rains. Precipitation amounts are nearly double the historical average. Due to climate change, summers could last six months in the future - read more in our article.

In Afghanistan, an unusually dry winter has dried out the land, exacerbating flash floods caused by spring rains in most provinces.

Climate catastrophe

Disaster Management Department spokesman Janan Saek said "about 70 people died" as a result of the rain that fell from April 6 to April 10. He said 56 people were injured, more than 2600 homes were damaged or destroyed and 38 hectares of farmland destroyed.

Saek said most deaths were caused by roof collapses caused by floods.

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In Pakistan, most deaths have been reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in the northwest of the country. The building collapses killed dozens of people, including at least 15 children, said Khurshid Anwar, a disaster management official. According to him, 1370 houses were damaged in the region.

Pakistan is experiencing heavier rainfall in April due to climate change, explained Zahir Ahmed Babar, a senior official at the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

“Balochistan has received 353% more rainfall than normal this month,” he said. “In general, their number was 99% higher than the Pakistani average. This shows that climate change has already happened in our country.”

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province received 90% more rainfall than normal in April, Babar said, although rainfall in other parts of the country remained relatively normal. It was the wettest April in 30 years.

After four decades of war, Afghanistan is among the countries least prepared for extreme weather events. They, according to scientists, are becoming more frequent and severe due to climate change.

It also rained in Bahrain, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

In Oman, a sultanate located on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, heavy rains have killed at least 18 people in recent days, the National Emergency Committee said in a statement.

Among them are about 10 schoolchildren who died in a traffic accident along with an adult.

Flood in Dubai

Powerful downpours hit the United Arab Emirates, known for its desert landscapes, reports Unian. In The usually dry United Arab Emirates received about 16 mm of rain on April 259,5. This is the highest figure since records began 75 years ago.

Due to the fact that the local infrastructure is not at all designed for minimal rainfall, the main highways and streets of the city of Dubai went under water.

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The rain started on the night of April 16th. It turned some streets into huge ponds due to the complete lack of storm drainage. Due to strong winds and runway flooding, Dubai International Airport, one of the busiest in the world, stopped operations.

On April 18, about 388 flights to or from the airport were delayed and 30 were cancelled, according to plane tracking website FlightAware. Of these delays, 246 were on Emirates flights (more than 50% of the UAE flag carrier's services) and 86 on FlyDubai flights. Hundreds more were canceled the day before.

Schools in the UAE were closed on the eve of the storm. Government employees mostly worked remotely if they could. Many workers also stayed home, although some ventured out. The streets are full of abandoned cars. They stalled after swallowing water because the drivers obviously did not know that this was even possible. Numerous cases of flooding of ground floors and basements have also been reported throughout the country.

Twenty people are currently known to have died. The recovery is expected to be slow.

In a place known for its dry desert climate and hot temperatures, where rainfall is rare, many areas lack drainage.

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