Malaria, Dengue on the Rise as South Asian Floodwaters Recede
Bangladesh and Nepal are facing widespread outbreaks of malaria, dengue, and diarrhea, after South Asia’s worst floods in a decade left 1,400 people dead and tens of thousands living in tents, schools, or under tarpaulins.
In Bangladesh, about 13,000 people have diarrhea and respiratory infections. In Nepal, district health units have reported 26,944 cases of illness, and 39,712 people had been treated as of August 30.
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“Save the Children said some communities had been entirely wiped out in India’s eastern state of Bihar, just over the border from Nepal, with not a single building left undamaged,” Reuters reports. “The agency estimated 17 million children needed help with protection, health care, and basic nutrition in India alone.”
“These people need our help, and we are doing all we can to meet their needs,” said Red Cross/Red Crescent Deputy Director Martin Faller.