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South Asia floods

An estimated 41 million people have been affected by flooding and landslides across a huge area of India, Bangladesh and Nepal. The UN is also reporting that at least 900 people have been killed by the flooding.

While some level of flooding occurs annually in the monsoon season, Oxfam staff in Bangladesh reported that two-thirds of the country was under water in late August and in some areas the flooding was the worst since 1988.

In Nepal, one region received a month's worth of rain in just two days and the flooding it caused later spread downstream into India and Bangladesh, worsening the situation there.

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Oxfam's response

What Oxfam is doing right now

Oxfam has already helped 186,000 flood hit people with clean drinking water, soap and other hygiene items to help stop the spread of water-borne diseases and cash to buy necessities. In India we have distributed shelter materials to protect people from the elements, cleaned water sources and handed out 300,000 chlorine sachets to help make drinking water safe. In Nepal we have given people cash to help them buy urgent essential, hygiene kits to ward off the risk of water-borne diseases, shelter materials and food. In Bangladesh we have provided safe drinking water and cash.

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