Over 16 million people have been affected by monsoon flooding across the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, Nepal, and India – putting huge numbers at risk of disease, hunger, and death.
One-third of Bangladesh and Nepal have been flooded, said Martin Faller, deputy regional director for Asia Pacific at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
“This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years, and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these devastating floods,” Faller said.
“Millions of people across Bangladesh, Nepal, and India face severe food shortages and disease caused by polluted flood waters,” he added.
According to officials, more than 400 people have died in the three countries over the last seven days, with India accounting for 239 fatalities, 128 dying in Nepal, and 39 in Bangladesh.
Flood levels had already reached record highs in Bangladesh. Flooding of major rivers such as the Jamuna surpassed levels from 1988, the year of the deadliest floods the country has ever faced, the humanitarian agency said.