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Hundreds dead and millions home in Asian monsoon

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Hundreds dead and millions home in Asian monsoon


Southern Asia has been hit by what is being described as the worst flooding in living memory, with more than 200 people dead more than 10 million homeless. India and Bangladesh are the worst affected countries, as authorities struggle to cope with the scale of the disaster. Entire populations are on the move in northern and eastern states of India. Some villages have been cut off with no access to food or essental supplies and there is growing concern about the spread of water-borne diseases. There have been reports of looting and clashes with police in two Indian states, as people take matters into their own hands. The monsoon rains have been particularly severe this season, causing rivers to burst their banks across the region. More than half of Bangladesh is said to be under water after weeks of unrelenting downpours. The annual monsoon deluge is vital to subcontinent’s economy and agricultural, but this year it has caused major devastation to both. Infrastructure has also been badly hit with roads and rail lines submurged, making it even more difficult for authorities to get to where it is needed.

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