The level of flood water in South Asia has begun to drop, but millions of people are still without food and drinking water. The worst floods in decades to hit the region have left an estimated 1,900 dead in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Aid workers are trying to help around 28 million people marooned by the torrential rains and landslides. Indian flood victim Radhe Shyam said people had been left with nothing.
“Nothing could be taken from our homes. All of it got washed away, and even our homes were destroyed. Anything left was looted.” The threat of waterborne disease is high because drinking water sources have been contaminated by flood waters. Parash Chandra Sarkar, an official with the Bangladeshi NGO National Development Programme said it could not help everyone.
“It is such a vast population it’s not possible to address all the needs. Some of the people who are residing in the remotest areas can’t be reached by the NGO’s, or even the government.”
Authorities have been criticized for being too slow to respond to the widespread disaster. Every year monsoon rains leave a trail of death and destruction across South Asia. But this year’s floods have been the worst in recent memory.