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Refugees are the most affected by the deadly floods that hit the continents | Global development


As heavy rains and floods dominate headlines around the world, displaced people and those living in conflict zones are among the worst affected.

Wind and heavy rains from monsoons and typhoons have bombarded much of Asia. There have also been downpours and flash floods in parts of Latin America and Africa.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban said 150 people were killed by flooding in the eastern Nuristan province, which it controls. The group asked the public for help.

The provincial government requested access to allow rescue efforts, but Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said his own rescue teams had been dispatched, mainly to the village of Merdesh, where 200 houses were destroyed.

In Myanmar, about 50,000 people were evacuated after heavy rains damaged homes in Kayin, Mon and Rakhine states. Thousands more were taken preventively to safer places. The the monsoon was forecast to continue to Saturday.

Across the border, eastern Bangladesh is home to one million Rohingya refugees who fled Rakine state. At least six refugees died during three days of floods that damaged shelters and led to landslides. Almost 5,000 people were left homeless, according to the UN refugee agency.

The Norwegian Refugee Council said 13 Bangladeshis were also killed in the nearby areas of Ukhiya and Teknaf.

The Philippine capital, Manila, has been hit by heavy rains related to Typhoon In-Fa since last week. The threat of flooding persists in some parts of the country as the monsoon weather continues. In Thailand, about 200 families they were displaced after riverbanks erupted in some rural areas.

In Colombia, where flooding has cut off aid deliveries to refugees in Ituango, the government’s meteorological agency announced Thursday that rains were expected to increase by 40%.

Two people died in Costa Rica and infrastructure has been damaged after persistent heavy rains since July 23. Authorities said 3,000 people went to emergency shelters to escape the weather. The mayor of Turrialba, 40 miles east of the capital, San José, said it received all the usual July rains in a single day.

One person died in neighboring Panama, where more than 27,000 people have been affected by flooding caused by heavy rains since July 23.

The province of Bocas del Toro was one of the most affected regions. All rivers and streams peaked, leading to flooding, landslides, and collapsed roads. More precipitation is expected in the upcoming hurricane season, according to the Red Cross.

Between July 20 and 24, flash floods affected camps for displaced people in the Sudanese region of Darfur. destroying and damaging houses and water fountains.

Nigerian authorities have warned that flooding in the coming weeks could affect approximately 170 communities in the north, causing damage to crops and homes and increasing the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera.

Echo, the EU humanitarian office, said half of Nigeria’s states were experiencing a cholera epidemic with 3,650 cases in the past two weeks.

Heavy rains have continued in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, where 209 people died after floods and landslides they buried houses.




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