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  • » 08/19/2017, 11.28

    SOUTH ASIA

    Floods emergency hist more than 16 million in Nepal, Bangladesh and India



    Red Cross and Red Crescent: "One of the worst regional humanitarian crises in recent years." More than a third of Bangladesh and Nepal are flooded. Floods hit nearly 11 million people in four northern Indian states. Tens of thousands of displaced people. There are growing concerns about food shortages and illnesses due to contamination of drinking water.

    New Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - More than 16 million people across South Asia have been affected by seasonal flooding. Floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed about 500 people and the toll is expected to worsen.

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) declares that the current one is becoming one of the worst regional humanitarian crises in recent years. There are growing concerns about food shortages and illnesses due to contamination of drinking water.

    Martin Faller, deputy regional director of IRF, says more than a third of Bangladesh and Nepal are flooded, while floods hit nearly 11 million people in four northern Indian states. Tens of thousands are displaced.

    Bangladesh, where floods have already reached record levels, fears the waters full of Indian rivers will reach the country in the coming days. The Nepalese Red Cross states that the crops have been lost, as the floods have devastated the agricultural lands of the south.

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