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Severe floods hit Africa and Asia

UN officials have estimated that US$34.7 million is needed to implement 48 food-relief projects worldwide after flash foods destroyed crops and contaminated drinking water across Africa and Asia. Relief agencies have appealed for support in providing food and safe drinking water to affected areas.

In Niger, up to 20,000 people have been left homeless by floods since mid-July. Heavy rain and flooding have also affected nine other countries across West Africa and criticism has been raised over the lack of early warning systems. FAO reports that the worst floods ever recorded in Sudan have severely affected food security and put over three million people at risk from disease.

At the time of writing, around 28 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal have been affected by monsoon floods. In Bangladesh alone, more than 500 people have died but many millions have been affected with thousands losing their homes and livelihoods. A lack of clean running water and access to latrines is fuelling a rapid increase in contagious diseases and diarrhoea. Local communities are heavily reliant on food aid distributed by agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP), which is currently in its third round of emergency food aid to Bangladesh.

Date published: September 2007

 

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