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Floods in Nepal, India and Bangladesh affected 16 mn, says Red Cross

The humanitarian crisis could get worse in the days and weeks ahead: Red Cross Society

IANS  |  Geneva 

Northeast floods, Assam floods
Villagers take services of a boat to reach to a safer place as incessant rains created a flood-like situation at Kureni Bori in Morigaon district of Assam on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)

A is unfolding across large areas in South Asia, with more than 16 million people affected by in Nepal, Bangladesh, and India, the International Federation of and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Friday.

According to the agency, flood levels have already reached record highs in Bangladesh, and of major such as Jamuna has surpassed warning levels set in 1988, the deadliest flood in the country, Xinhua news agency reported.

"This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these floods," an IFRC statement said, citing its staff for Asia Pacific region.

According to the statement, more than one-third of and have been flooded, and the could get worse in the days and weeks ahead.

Many areas in remain cut off after the and landslides, and many and communities are stranded without food, water, and electricity, it said.

"This tragic flooding in has claimed at least 128 lives and 33 people are still missing," Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, Secretary General of the Nepal Society, said.

The IFRC said over 3.9 million people were affected by the rising waters, and the situation was likely to get worse as swollen from poured into the low-lying and densely populated areas in

According to the agency, over 11 million people have been affected by in four states across northern

The Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rains in the region in the coming days.

First Published: Fri, August 18 2017. 17:52 IST