The McGill Daily - - International Stories -

As of Au­gust 28th, an es­pe­cially ag­gres­sive flood has hit South Asia, caus­ing ma­jor in­fras­truc­tural dam­age and the deaths of ap­prox­i­mately 1200 In­dian, Nepali, and Bangladeshi cit­i­zens. The storm is said to have af­fected around 40 mil­lion peo­ple in the re­gion al­ready, and the sit­u­a­tion is quickly ex­ac­er­bat­ing to an un­prec- edented level. While some loss brought about by the mon­soon sea­son in South Asia is ex­pected, sci­en­tists say this level of dam­age is un­nat­u­ral— it is the di­rect re­sult of cli­mate change. The ex­treme weather has de­prived some vil­lages in India of ba­sic re­sources such as food and water, de­stroyed more than half a mil­lion homes in Nepal, and sub­merged ap­prox­i­mately a third of Bangladeshi land. The relief ef­forts will re­quire up­wards of 100 mil­lion USD. The gov­ern­ment of India has al­ready pledged 78 mil­lion USD for the heav­ily af­fected Bi­har state alone.

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