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Malaria, Dengue Outburst After Floods Hit South Asia

Friday, September 8, 2017, 13:38 (IST)

Health experts have reported an outbreak of diarrhoea, malaria and dengue in Bangladesh and Nepal as the worst flood waters recede.

The massive floods have claimed over 1,400 lives which have swept South Asia over the last two months and millions have been sheltered in tents, schools, public halls and even under mere tarpaulins.

"Diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria and dengue are on the rise in some areas and we need support to prevent further death and suffering," said Mozharul Huq, secretary general of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, according to the Australian.

In the northern parts of Bangladesh alone, the densely populated region where the Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers busted their banks, more than 13,000 people are down with diarrhoea and respiratory infections.

"These people need our help, and we are doing all we can to meet their needs," said Martin Faller, deputy director of the International Federation of the Red Cross in the Asia-Pacific region.

In Nepal, 26,944 cases of illness have been reported by district health services, as 39,712 people took treatment in health camps by Aug. 30, noted the health ministry.

In Bihar, India, most communities and settlements have been completely wiped out, without sparring a single building.

According to estimations, in India's flood affected areas, nearly 17 million children need help with protection, health care and basic nutrition.