Floods kill more than 800 in south Asia

Henrietta Strickland
August 24, 2017

Authorities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal have put the death toll at more than 750 since Aug 10, when a series of deluges began spreading with the annual monsoon season.

Monsoon rains hit the region every year, but officials say this year's rains have been particularly severe and deadly.

Nearly 16 million people are thought to have been affected by the flooding, with army soldiers and disaster management workers across the three countries launching mammoth rescue efforts to evacuate and provide food and shelter to those caught up in the disaster.

"With the floodwaters receding, there is a possibility of an epidemic".

With some rivers running above danger levels, 225 bridges have been damaged in Bangladesh, disrupting food and medicine supplies to people displaced from their homes, said aid workers.

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.

Torrential rains have also hit the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur, killing at least 30 people.

The disaster in south Asia follows heavy flooding in China and Japan in July that forced more than 12 million people to flee their homes.

Around 15 rhinos, a Royal Bengal tiger, and 185 deer were among the animals killed.

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