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Bangladesh PM's India trip leaves farmers thirsty for water deal

Hopes for sharing Teesta River shaken as climate change raises urgency

With an election on the horizon, many have been hoping Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would push for a breakthrough on sharing Teesta River water with India. (Nikkei montage/Getty Images)

DHAKA -- Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India this week has left farmers and experts back home frustrated over a lack of progress on a deal to share precious water from a Himalayan river.

Hasina, visiting for the first time in three years and likely the last time before a general election in late 2023, did ink a nonbinding pact on sharing water from the Kushiyara River. But there were no signs of headway on allocating supplies from the more important Teesta River.

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