Waters Receding, Diseases Rising

The waters of South Asia’s devastating floods are receding, but the nightmare isn’t over for the thousands in Nepal and Bangladesh suffering from outbreaks of diarrhea, malaria and dengue.

In the aftermath of the region’s worst floods in a decade, about 13,000 people in Bangladesh are suffering from diarrhea and respiratory infections, while 26,944 cases of illness have been reported in the Himalayan nation of Nepal.

In India alone, Save the Children estimated that 17 million children need help with protection, health care and basic nutrition; some communities in the eastern state of Bihar were completely wiped out by floods.

Source: Reuters

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