Tuesday, 29 August 2017

South Asia monsoon floods leave hundreds dead and thousands of homes destroyed

More than 1,200 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed in monsoon floods sweeping across South Asia.

The United Nations estimates that at least 41 million people have been affected by the flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

In Bangladesh alone, the UN estimates that more than 640,500 homes have been destroyed, and authorities say at least 106,000 people are in emergency shelters as a result of the flood.

The director general of health services in the country said more than 13,000 cases of waterborne diseases have been linked to the flooding, including diarrhoea, skin diseases, acute respiratory infections and eye infections.

"People are going to be displaced, waterborne diseases are going to be a problem and food supply will be a problem," Mark Pierce, the country director for Save the Children in Bangladesh, told Sky News.

He said the focus for aid agencies would be providing healthcare, food and money in preparation for the long-term effects of the disaster.

SKY      News.

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