Monsoon floods affect millions in South Asia and threaten disease

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Local people of the Char, who live on temporary sandbanks in Tangail, Bangladesh, have been searching for their homes that were completely submerged and badly damaged. Here they queue up for clean water provided by Bangladesh Red Crescent while practising safe distance. Credit: AJ Ghani/IFRC

India, Bangladesh and Nepal are facing severe monsoon floods, causing the displacement of 17.5 million people.

Major floods have killed 630 people throughout the region, half of Bangladesh’s districts are underwater and flooding and landslides in Nepal have left almost 200 people dead or missing.

The  floods leave a high proportion of the population in South Asia is vulnerable to diseases such as dengue, malaria, leptospirosis and cholera, and put additional pressure on organisations including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to provide humanitarian support in trying times.

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