20 dead, 20,000 left marooned in B'desh: 50,000 displaced and thousands of homes washed away in India: 14 die in China CHITTAGONG  - At least 34 people have died and thousands left marooned and homeless as heavy monsoon rains have triggered flash floods and land slides in South Asia. In Bangladesh, at least 20 people have died and more than 20,000 left marooned as heavy rains over the past week triggered landslides and floods in southeast Bangladesh, an official said Sunday. Three landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains killed 10 people while six others drowned in swirling flood waters in southeastern Cox's Bazar district, said chief administrator Sajjadul Hasan. Four more people died in another landslide in the country's southeastern town of Teknaf on Sunday morning after their tin shack was buried under falling earth, he said. "We have promptly taken steps to shift hundreds of people living at the slope of hills to safer places as it has become very risky due to days of incessant heavy rains," he said. Heavy rains since last week has also triggered flash floods in Cox's Bazar district, which is home to the world's largest unbroken beach. "Low-lying areas in the districts have gone under four-five feet of flood water, stranding over 20,000 people," Hasan said. Several rivers in the southeastern hill districts burst their banks and caused the floods, officials said. Meanwhile, flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have washed away thousands of homes and displaced more than 50,000 people in India's northeastern state of Assam, officials said Sunday. A government spokesman said the state's eastern district of Lakhimpur was the worst hit, with an estimated 50 villages inundated by flooding that began Saturday. "The situation is critical with many parts of the district under waist-deep water," Lakhimpur police chief S.A. Karim told AFP by telephone. A government bulletin said the Brahmaputra river, which flows through Tibet, India and Bangladesh before emptying in the Bay of Bengal, and its tributaries were flowing above the danger mark in at least six places. A first wave of monsoon flooding in Assam last month killed eight people and displaced 400,000 others, most of them also in Lakhimpur district. The swirling waters of the 2,906-kilometre Brahmaputra river have been treacherous across the district, breaching more than a dozen embankments and sweeping away road bridges and stretches of highways. Authorities said a railway bridge was also washed away, forcing the suspension of train services in the area. In China, at least 14 people, three of them children, were killed when heavy rains swept China last week and more downpours were expected Sunday in the south, state Press said. More than 14,000 people were evacuated from one city alone when torrential rains hit central Hubei province on Friday and Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency said. Eight people died, among them three children killed in a landslide, and two were missing, it said. Near record rains in southwestern China's Yunnan province also left six people dead and three missing, Xinhua said. Heavy rains that fell over northern China since Friday have also resulted in flood warnings on the Yellow and Huai rivers, reports said.