Asia flooding wreaks havoc

Aug. 3, 2007 at 8:30 AM
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PATNA, India, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Floods brought on by days of torrential rain raged across South Asia Friday, affecting some 20 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

About 150 people have died, while millions have been displaced or marooned in the region, the BBC reported.

Vast areas including farmland were submerged in water. Relief agencies reported food stocks and drinking water supplies were running low.

In India, 12 million people have been displaced or marooned while 5.5 million have been displaced in Bangladesh, a perennial problem area because much the country is low-lying. In Nepal in the Himalayas, from where most of the now swollen rivers emanate, hundreds of thousands have been affected.

The entire subcontinent region of has been hit by continuous rain for 20 days and the forecast is for more.

India's northeastern state of Assam received 3 feet of rain in July and people there are growing desperate for food, shelter and medicine, the BBC said.

In Bangladesh, military helicopters were dropping supplies for tens of thousands of people either camped on embankments or on the roofs of their homes.

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