As floodwaters begin to retreat in many of the worst affected parts of South Asia, farmers are counting the massive cost of the flooding disaster, which has destroyed more than 2.4 million hectares of cropland across India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Almost 20 million people are affected by flooding that’s inundated large swathes of Bangladesh, Nepal and India following heavy monsoon rains – with over 10 million reportedly now affected in India’s Bihar state alone.
Across northeast India, monsoon rains have intensified, triggering a fresh wave of flooding in Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states. The flooding in India since July has left over 17 million people affected, with numbers expected to increase over the next few days.
Almost 10 million people are affected by flooding that’s inundated large swathes of Bangladesh, Nepal and India following weeks of heavy monsoon rains.
The humanitarian situation in Bangladesh deteriorated quickly this week after six days of relentless rain caused the Ganges, Meghna and Brahmaputra river basins to rise rapidly, spilling over and submerging much of the north and northeastern parts of the country.
Torrential rainfall across a handful of countries in south Asia has burst river banks, washed entire homes away and left millions in need of humanitarian assistance.
With the reported death toll standing at a total of more than 160 across India, Bangladesh and Nepal, Save the Children has launched an emergency flood response, including in three of India’s hardest-hit states where nearly five million people are currently affected.
A blog by Nerida Williams, Media and Communications officer, Save the Children, currently deployed to Nepal
One minute was all it took for a 7.8 magnitude earthquake to destroy 600,000 homes. One minute took away countless health posts, schools and sacred monuments that had withstood the test of time for over 500 years.
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