Floods affecting up to 17 African countries are reported to be the worst for decades, with 250 lives lost already and more than 600,000 people displaced from their homes. The United Nations estimates that 1.5 million people have been affected in some way by the floods in countries spanning from eastern to western Africa.
To launch the Chad blog, Margaret Ward, foreign editor with RTE, has been contributing a diary of her recent experiences in Chad. In the past, Margaret has reported from places such as Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Kosovo and North Korea. In this diary she gives a glimpse of what life is like for the people affected by the conflict in Chad, as well as for the Concern staff members who are working in the area.
Several parts of India continue to receive heavy rains, affecting many millions of people.Though major rivers are receding somewhat, they are still dangerously high and the monsoon is still not over yet.
Thousands of people have been marooned since Thursday 6 September by fresh floods, feared to be worse than those in August. Forty six districts in Bangladesh have been inundated with flood waters for a second time, affecting 11.3 million people.
Floods in India this year have been the worst in recent memoy, claiming more than 5,900 lives and displacing over 31 million across 20 states since June. Unlike other years, many areas received more than 25 cm of rainfall in 24 hours.
Several parts of India are submerged following severe flooding which has left 1,428 dead and displaced over 31 million people. This year's floods, the worst in recent memory, have seen many areas receiving 30-50 per cent of their annual rainfall in just 30 days from mid June to mid-July.
Devastating floods have displaced up to 28 million people in South Asia. It has now been raining in northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal for more than 20 days. Concern is working with its partners in Bangladesh to help those affected.
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