Monday, August 24, 1998 Published at 07:37 GMT 08:37 UK
World: South Asia
Bangladesh floods rise again
This year's flooding may be one of the worst on record
Officials say high tides are affecting rivers in the centre of the country, and flood waters which are already waist-deep in places will continue to rise.
The Bangladeshi Foreign Minister, Abdus Samad Azad, has appealed for international aid for millions of people left homeless or destitute.
He said about two-thirds of the country were affected.
Experts at the Flood Forecasting Centre in Bangladesh have said they expect the country to remain inundated until at least mid-September.
United Nations officials believe it is worse than the 1988 flood, which was one of the most devastating this century.
The water has been on the ground for more than a month in many areas. Many people have run out of money to buy food and cannot work because much of the landscape is submerged.
Efforts are now under way to import 1 million tons of food grain, but that will carry an economic price that Bangladesh can not easily afford.
The BBC correspondent in Dhaka, Francis Harrison, says that the country can cope with some seasonal flooding, but the longer the water remains on the ground the more hardship it will cause.
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Much of Bangladesh is flat delta land easily susceptible to flooding.
With Bangladesh unable to control the sudden increase in river flow from rain and snow-melt in the Indian and Nepali Himalayas, all the country can do each year is predict the flow and prepare for the worst.