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Relief efforts ramp up in South Asia's monsoon devastation

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 01:17

Rescue teams are working around the clock to evacuate and aid thousands of people who have been either stranded or displaced by flooding in South Asia. Grace Lee reports.

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After hundreds of flood-related deaths in recent days, India is stepping up its relief efforts. Rescue teams traveling through remote eastern areas to get to villages, cut off by the waters. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) OFFICIAL OF NATIONAL DISASTER RESPONSE FORCE PRAHALAD SINGH, SAYING: "We're going to regions where there are no roads - and the land is inundated by water. We're also taking doctors to those villages where no one is able to reach." More than 6 million people have been affected by torrential monsoon rains that have swamped roads and railway tracks, submerging low-lying areas and leaving thousands of commuters stranded at stations. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) A STRANDED PASSENGER, MUHAMMAD SHEIKH, SAYING: "There are no trains. I am unable to go back home, I have been staying here for the past two days." It's a similar picture in neighboring Nepal, where the death toll continues to rise as authorities search for dozens of missing people. Relief teams are working round the clock to rescue trapped residents and hand out medical aid. But many say the government response has not been enough. (SOUNDBITE) (Nepali) FLOOD VICTIM, MOHAMMAD SAHI MUDDIN, SAYING: "We have to sleep on the side of the road, and we will have to die on the side of the road. We don't have a house, nothing to eat. Everything was swept by the flood.'' Officials say over one third of Nepal's 75 districts have either been hit by landslides or are submerged under water.

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Relief efforts ramp up in South Asia's monsoon devastation

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 01:17