Floods swamp South Asia, aid supplies low

STORY: Floodwaters inundated more of Bangladesh and northeast India on Tuesday (21 June), officials said,

as authorities struggle to reach more than 9.5 million people stranded with little food and drinking water.

Particularly heavy monsoon rain has brought the worst floods in more than a century in some parts of low-lying Bangladesh.

At least 69 people over the past two weeks have been killed there and in northeast India's Assam state.

These displaced Bangladeshi residents are still waiting for help:

"We have lost our home after it was swept away by the floodwater, all our belongings are gone too."

"We were living with floodwater in our home and now we have taken shelter in this camp, but we haven't received any relief yet. We are here without any food."

"The situation is very, very bad in this shelter."

The U.N. children's fund says 90% of its health facilities have been inundated, and cases of waterborne diseases are increasing.

The monsoon brings heavy rains to South Asia between June and October, often triggering floods, especially in low-lying areas like Bangladesh, where rivers swollen with waters pouring out of the Himalayas often burst their banks.

But extreme weather in South Asia has become more frequent and environmentalists warn that climate change could lead to more serious disasters.

UNICEF said it was urgently seeking $2.5 million to respond to the emergency in Bangladesh and it was working with the government to supply water purification tablets, emergency medical supplies, and water containers.

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