From U.S. To Asia, Unprecedented Rainfall Creates Flooding, Landslides; Aid Agencies Work To Respond, Raise Funds

New York Times: More Than 1,000 Died in South Asia Floods This Summer
“…According to the United Nations, at least 41 million people in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal have been directly affected by flooding and landslides resulting from the monsoon rains, which usually begin in June and last until September. And while flooding in the Houston area has grabbed more attention, aid officials say a catastrophe is unfolding in South Asia…” (Gettleman et al., 8/29).

NPR: Epic Floods — Not Just In Texas — Are A Challenge For Aid Groups
“With a reported 50 inches of rainfall, flash flooding and high, murky waters, Hurricane Harvey in Houston has gripped America’s attention. But halfway around the world, another flood has wreaked havoc on historic levels. Two weeks ago, record monsoon rains hit parts of Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, bringing the worst floods the region has seen in years. Over 1,200 people have been killed and 24 million affected. Relief agencies like the Red Cross, Islamic Relief, and Save the Children are on the ground in both areas, juggling resources to address the crises…” (Gharib, 8/29).

PRI: Floods and landslides kill over 1,200 in South Asia
“…Matthew Marek, the head of disaster response in Bangladesh for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, says about half of the country’s 64 districts are flooded, but the water is finally starting to recede in some areas. … Marek says the Red Cross in Bangladesh has requested about $4.9 million from the international community to continue their immediate relief efforts…” (8/29).

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