Women,children most at risk from floods in India, Nepal,B’desh
Women,children most at risk from floods in India, Nepal,B’desh.
Kochi, Sep 4 Women and children continue to be most at risk from the floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, international development organisation WaterAid warned today.
"The loss of sanitation infrastructure means greater risk of disease transmission, heightened risks of infection, of harassment or attack when girls try to find a safe place to relieve themselves, as well as the indignity and health risks of being unable to manage periods hygienically",WaterAid said.
India is the worst affected country with 943 deaths reported and 30 million people affected, according to the UN.
V K Madhavan, Chief Executive of WaterAid India said though the flood waters are beginning to recede, the situation is getting more critical.
"People are unable to access safe sanitation or clean drinking water as household toilets are waterlogged and water pumps have been submerged.
In Bangladesh, the UN estimates that eight million people have been affected across 32 districts.
In Nepal, where 1.7 million people have been affected, the flood waters are starting to recede and residents are beginning to return to their homes.
In Siraha district, cases of diarrhoea, skin infections, and viral fevers have all been reported due to lack of clean water and sanitation, WaterAid said.
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