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Tuesday, April 13, 1999 Published at 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK

World: South Asia

Bangladesh faces water shortages

The Bangladeshi minister for Water Resources, Abdul Razak, says India cannot guarantee the normal flow of water from the River Ganges to Bangladesh this month.

India and Bangladesh signed an agreement to share water from the Ganges more than a year ago.

But parts of north-eastern India have experienced low rainfall levels during the current dry season and Mr Razak said he was told by Delhi that it may not be able to provide Bangladesh's normal water quota this month.

Bangladesh is prone to severe water shortages of its own at the height of the dry season in April, and farmers are predicting a reduced harvest this year.

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