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POW­ER­FUL floods have killed al­most 700 peo­ple and af­fected around 16 mil­lion more across South Asia.

The worst flood­ing in a decade is caus­ing wide­spread mis­ery for peo­ple across Bangladesh, north­east In­dia and Nepal.

Char­i­ties are warn­ing that the scale of the flood­ing will have a huge im­pact on food sup­plies. The flood­ing has hit at the start of the plant­ing sea­son for farm­ers, which may cause food short­ages for years to come. Wa­ter sources have been con­tam­i­nated by the flood­wa­ters, which means that dis­eases car­ried in wa­ter can spread quickly. In As­sam, In­dia, around 450,000 peo­ple are thought to be liv­ing in camps.

Char­i­ties like Save The Chil­dren are work­ing around the clock to get help to peo­ple in re­mote ar­eas. The flood­ing has dam­aged roads and rail­way lines badly, mak­ing the res­cue ef­fort even harder.

More rain is fore­cast this week, bring­ing more flood­ing and mis­ery to the re­gion. Fam­i­lies wade home in a flooded area in Gaibandha, Bangladesh

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