UN voices concern over severe flooding in Asia

Wednesday, 2020-08-12 11:22:52
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Aerial photo shows flood-affected houses in Faridpur, Bangladesh, July 19, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)
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The United Nations on Tuesday (August 11) highlighted severe flooding in the Asian countries of Bangladesh, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and India, and expressed its willingness to help.

In Bangladesh, people are experiencing the worst and longest monsoon flooding in years. A quarter of the country is inundated, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

At least 5.4 million people have been affected, with 11,000 households displaced and 135 people killed, it said.

Humanitarian partners are working with Bangladeshi authorities to assist people most in need with food, shelter, clean water, hygiene supplies and other requirements.

A US$40-million response plan has been launched to help more than 1 million people most in need. This includes support for children and women who are most at risk during natural disasters and who comprise more than 70 percent of those targeted for assistance, said OCHA.

In the DPRK, the unusually heavy rains between Aug. 1 and 6 and again on August 10 have resulted in flooding. Some provinces, especially in the southern agricultural area, have reportedly seen a near total annual amount of rain in just a week, it said.

The UN team in the country is in contact with government authorities and stands ready to help the most vulnerable communities if required.

In India, the southwest monsoon continues to affect most states, with more than 770 people reportedly killed across the country due to heavy rainfall and flooding, said OCHA.

India's National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) reports that 568,000 people have been evacuated, with more than 210,000 hosted in more than 1,000 relief centers.

On August 7, a massive landslide triggered by monsoon rainfall left at least 43 people dead and 27 others missing in the southern state of Kerala, according to NIDM.

The United Nations stands ready to provide humanitarian support to the most vulnerable and affected communities in India, said OCHA.