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Stricken Bangladesh braced for worse floods

FLOOD STRICKEN Bangladesh has held back from calling for international help for a month because of fears of more heavy rain in September, engineers claimed this week.

There are fears that the second wave of monsoon rain would cause worse flooding than that already devastating the country .

This year's flood has killed 500 people.

It is believed to be worse than the last major flood of 1998.

'There's been lots of rain for this July's monsoon, but there's another peak in September, ' said Dr Fai Fung, higher scientific officer at Wallingford based Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology data shows water levels have already exceeded those of 1998.

Bangladesh is the floodplain for the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna river.

Two thirds of the country floods annually during monsoons.

'But the floods are higher this time and people seeking refuge have been left stranded on high ground around Dhaka, ' said Fung.

Eighteen RedR relief workers are now in Sudan assisting charities and government agencies in providing aid to refugees in the Darfur region. The organisation expects to be asked to supply at least 10 more in the coming weeks.

Around 1.2M people are estimated to be displaced, fleeing the marauding Janjawid militia.

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