A total of 22 people have been killed and over 7 million affected by the heavy rainfall and flooding, which started in June in China.
Meanwhile, the death toll in South Asia continues to rise – now above 100 – after flooding and landslides ravaged the border region of India and Nepal, leaving tens of thousands displaced and millions affected.
A total of 19.91 million people have been affected by floods since the beginning of the flood season this summer in China, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.
The country had relocated about 1.3 million people due to floods, while 582,000 people were in need of emergency aid, the ministry said.
The disasters caused total losses of 53.4 billion yuan (about 7.7 billion U.S. dollars), with 34,000 houses collapsed and over 1.76 million hectares of farmland affected.
The ministry has pledged to make every effort to meet the basic living needs of those stricken by floods.
It will also work with water resource departments to intensify the patrol and maintenance of major dams and embankments, deploy more rescue forces in heavily flooded areas and make contingency plans for serious disasters.
Meanwhile, China has seen a record high of rivers reporting floods since this year’s high-water season began, the Ministry of Water Resources said Sunday.
A total of 377 rivers across the country have reported floods exceeding alarm levels, over 80 percent more than the annual number of such rivers registered since 1998 when severe floods hit China, according to Wang Zhangli, deputy director with the ministry’s flood and draught disaster prevention department.
Some 15 small and medium-sized rivers had seen the all-time worst floods, Wang added.
Both north and south China are expected to see some regions suffering intensive rainfalls from July 16 to August 15, while two to three typhoons might hit China during this period.
The ministry has sent over 30 work teams to guide local floods relief work, according to the official.
Floods kill over 100 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh with 4 millions forced to flee their homes
The death toll in South Asia continues to rise after flooding and landslides ravaged the border region of India and Nepal, leaving tens of thousands displaced and millions affected.
More than 100 people have died in India and Nepal since monsoon flooding began over the weekend. The rains have stopped in Nepal on Tuesday, but the disaster is far from over — with heavy downpours expected to continue in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the coming days.
- Nepal appears the worst hit so far, with at least 78 people dead.
- A further 29 have died in the northeastern Indian states of Bihar and Assam.
- Flash floods have also ripped through Pakistan and Bangladesh, which border India on the east and west, respectively. 28 have died in Pakistan, and 16 in Bangladesh.
- More than 6.7 million people in India have been directly affected by the floods, according to official statements — about 2.5 million in Bihar and 4.2 million in Assam.
Across the border area, over a million hectares of cropland (2,471,054 acres) has been submerged, roads and homes have been damaged, livestock has been swept away and killed, and entire wildlife sanctuaries have been cut off.
Federal and state agencies are working around the clock across all four affected countries to evacuate those in high-risk areas. More than 42,000 security personnel in Nepal have been mobilized for rescue and relief efforts – including the police, army, and paramilitary forces.
Images from India’s National Disaster Response Force show officials helping children and carrying the elderly out of flooded houses into orange inflatable dinghies.
Disaster relief agencies are now scrambling to provide housing and crucial supplies for families who have been displaced.
Over 116,000 in Bihar and 83,000 in Assam have been evacuated to temporary shelters, and state agencies are distributing rice, biscuits, baby food, and candles to hundreds of relief centers, according to state officials.
Meanwhile in Bangladesh, many people live in homes made of bamboo, mud, or timber – which provide little to no protection in floods, said Azmat Ulla, head of the the Bangladesh office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
More than 200,000 Bangladeshis have been displaced and are living in temporary camps, according to the country’s state minister for disaster management and relief.
Rohingya refugees in the southeastern corner of Bangladesh are particularly vulnerable. One million Rohingya Muslims who fled persecution in nearby Myanmar are now living in overcrowded camps – and 400 of these makeshift homes have been destroyed by the floods, leaving 3,000 refugees displaced, said Ulla.
Aid organizations and health workers have other concerns as well – waterborne diseases like diarrhea are known to spread in the aftermath of floods, and destroyed sewage systems could exacerbate those sanitation issues.
The loss of crops and livestock is another potentially devastating long-term effect. “There are still communities that depend very much on the crops,” Ulla told CNN. “They lose their crops, they lose their livelihoods.“
The monsoon rains began on Thursday in Nepal, with tens of thousands evacuated after major rivers swelled to dangerous levels, according to the Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs.
The monsoon rains and the accompanying floods are an annual occurrence – they bring much-needed water to farmers and drought-hit regions each year, but the sudden downpours also regularly trigger deadly floods and landslides.
Just last month, swathes of India – including the major cities of Mumbai and Chennai – nearly ran out of water, with people lining up for hours for meager daily allocations of government-provided water. The drought may also have dried up the land, making it harder and less absorbent – therefore exacerbating the floods when the monsoon rains arrive. Residents are forced from one unlivable extreme to the next — from having no water to drink to escaping rushing floodwater.
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