Floods, landslides affecting 41 million in Bangladesh, India and Nepal

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Displaced by the floods, a woman and her child walk along a road in southern Nepal. Photo: UNICEF Nepal/NShrestha

Nearly 41 million people in three Asian countries have been affected by torrential monsoon rains, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, has reported.

The rains have caused flooding and landslides which have killed at least 900 people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Dianne Penn has the story.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that the governments in the three countries are leading response efforts with support from aid groups, the private sector and others.

Tens of thousands of houses, schools and hospitals have been destroyed and scores of people have been displaced.

Damage to roads, bridges, railways and airports have rendered many areas inaccessible.

OCHA fears that the situation could deteriorate further as the rains continue in some of the affected regions.

Most of the deaths—more than 600—have occurred in India, where rescue operations continue.

Flood relief camps have been set up to house the displaced, and the Prime Minister has announced a package of 20 billion Indian rupees, or more than US$312 million, for relief and reconstruction efforts.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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