On May 13 this year, India restricted exports of wheat. Though it exports only a small portion of its produce, it still is the second largest producer of wheat in the world. The onus for the wheat export curb goes to unusual summer causing heatwave and thus leading to low production yield in the country. Now, the real fear comes when the Government is planning to cut off rice export from India as well.
Bangladesh is still recovering from the flood that hit its population. Thousands of homeless and destitute people have struggled to deal with extreme flooding. Among other parts, Bangladesh’s northeast was hit by flash floods this May, followed by the monsoon in June and July which brought erratic and excessive rainfall. Such was the severity that an unprecedented 970 millimeters (38 inches) of rain was recorded in a day, as per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). As a part of emergency response, the government of Bangladesh has provided relief along with other aids that included housing materials.