Thursday, August 02, 2007
Yesterday, I mentioned that flooding in China had displaced some 4 to 5 million people. Broadening horizons to include Southeast Asia, the devastation from the rains is even more staggering. The BBC reports that 12 million people have been displaced or marooned by flooding in India. In Bangladesh, the figure is between 5 and 6 million. And in Nepal, another 750,000 have been affected. Relief agencies are expecting severe water and food shortages. Flooding, it should be noted, leads all other natural disasters in the loss of human life.