South Asia floods affect 24 million: Red Cross

August 22, 2017 10:30 pm

The photo taken on August 18, 2017 shows Indian medical officials of the Jhargaon Public Health Centre (PHC) distributing medicine to villagers in the flood affected Sagolikota area of Morigaon district, India. (Photo by AFP)

More than 24 million people have been affected by some of the worst flooding to hit South in decades, with large areas of land submerged in water, the Tuesday.
Authorities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have put the death toll at more than 750 since August 10, when a series of deluges began spreading with the annual monsoon season.
“The situation is going from bad to worse,” Red Cross under secretary-general Jagan Chapagain said in a statement, confirming the death toll given by regional authorities.
“Almost one third of Nepal has been flooded. One third of Bangladesh is flooded”, he told reporters.
“This is the worst flooding that parts of South Asia have seen in decades.”
Flood waters in the three countries have left hundreds of people stranded and entire communities cut off from road access, according to the Red Cross.

The photo taken on August 18, 2017 shows Indian villagers attempting to cross flood waters with the help of rope and empty canisters next to a washed-away portion of a bridge at Palsa village in Purnia district in Bihar state. (Photo by AFP)

Many villages are now only accessible by boat and “are running out of food” with clean water also in short supply, the organization added.
“The number of people affected is rising by the hour as waters rush south,” Chapagain said.
He added the devastating flooding has been triggered in part by the monsoons but is “also a result of the lack of proper water management”, in all three countries.
The organization has launched a 3.5 million Swiss francs ($3.6 million, 3.1 million euros) international appeal to help authorities in Nepal.
Chapagain said a similar global appeal to help Bangladesh deal with the disaster could be launched soon, while India is seen as having the resources needed to respond without foreign help.
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