DISASTER ZONE: A man uses a makeshift bamboo bridge to cross a flooded area in Nagaon district, Assam

NORTHEAST INDIA AND BANGLADESH AFFECTED FLASH floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in south Asia have killed dozens of people and displaced more than a million, most in northeast India and Bangladesh, authorities said on Tuesday (19). The Brahmaputra river, which flows from the Himalayas down to India and then through Bangladesh, has burst its banks, swamping more than 1,500 villages in India’s Assam state in the past week. “The flood situation remains critical,” Assam’s water re­sources minister Keshab Mahanta said. “The weather office is forecasting more rain in the next 48 hours,” Mahanta said, adding that the army had…