At least 221 people lost their lives and more than 1.5 million were displaced after floods and landslides in the midst of the monsoon.
The monsoon season is particularly deadly this year. At least 221 people have died and more than 1.5 million have been displaced in recent days after floods and landslides in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh, authorities said on Tuesday (August 15th). In Nepal, the most heavily battered country, torrential rains in the annual monsoon affected nearly 20% of the population, destroying thousands of homes and killing livestock. “According to the latest information we have received, 111 people have been killed, 35 are still missing,” Interior Minister Janardan Sharma told the Nepalese Parliament on Tuesday (August 15th).
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, who was in Kathmandu for a four-day visit, pledged Tuesday to pay Nepal $ 1 million to help with the floods. Terraï, a region of densely populated plains in the south of the country, paid the heaviest tribute to the torrential rains of the monsoon. It is the most fertile region in the country and the economic repercussions could also be heavy. In neighboring India, authorities reported on Tuesday 81 deaths across the country, mainly in its eastern and northeastern parts. In the Northeast, all trains were suspended and about 200,000 people took refuge in emergency camps in the State of Assam.
One-third of flooded Bangladesh
The Bangladesh, one-third is flooded, identified 29 dead, while about 1.5 million people found themselves blocked, said Reaz Ahmed, head of the disaster management department. Nearly 1,200 shelters were installed in the affected country and the army was requisitioned to consolidate dikes in the north and participate in relief operations. The Nepal Red Cross has warned that shortages of drinking water and food could cause a humanitarian crisis in this poor country of the Himalayas.
In the Saptari district of southeastern Nepal, residents hold the government responsible for the extent of the damage, failing to solve the flooding problems that occur every year, and quickly sending aid to populations. “What we need is for the government to solve this problem. We have been suffering every year for decades, “said one resident, Pankaj Mishra. The government is mainly criticized for its centralization of aid to the victims of floods, which delays its delivery. In the Chitwan Nepalese nature reserve, precipitation also cost the lives of a rare unicorn rhinoceros, a protected species, targeted by poachers.