South Asian floods kill at least 575
19 million stranded over last two weeks; medical camps treating disease
The Associated Press, Aug 10, 2007
Torrential rains have stranded some 19 million in the past two weeks across much of northern
A reprieve in the monsoon rains created ponds of stagnant water that could breed diseases in thousands of flood-hit villages in
Doctors have treated more than 1,500 people for diarrhea caused by contaminated drinking water in 22 flood-hit districts in the past 10 days, said L.B. Prasad, director-general of government health services in Uttar Pradesh state.
Authorities have set up 2,000 medical camps in the districts, he said.
However, the Uttar Pradesh Voluntary Health Association, a private group, put the number of people suffering from waterborne diseases in the state at around 20,000.
Paramedics visiting affected villages dont have adequate supplies of medicines, said Ramakant Rai, chief of the association. He said there also was an acute shortage of clean drinking water.
Flood waters hit 2,546 villages with a population of 1.9 million in Uttar Pradesh state in the past two weeks, the Home Ministry statement said Friday. Nearly 163,000 people were living in 250 state-run relief camps, it added.
On Friday, the
Commercial banks temporarily suspended recovery of loans from people in flood-hit districts of the state, he said.
More than 6,500 villages with a population of 14 million people have been affected by monsoon floods in
Nine more bodies were recovered in
The causes of the deaths ranged from electrocution and house collapses to snake bites and boat capsizing.
International aid agencies have warned that the stagnant waters left by the floods are a lethal breeding ground for germs causing diarrhea, waterborne diseases and various skin diseases.
The World Food Program and UNICEF have been distributing emergency food supplies to thousands of people in
More than 21,500 families, or around 127,000 people, have been displaced by floods and landslides in
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