Aug. 18, 2017, 3:36 p.m.
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Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed more than 343 people, officials and aid workers said.
"This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years," said Martin Faller, deputy regional director for Asia Pacific at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
"Millions of people face severe food shortages and disease. We fear [it] will get worse in the days and weeks ahead."
More than a third of Bangladesh and Nepal have been flooded, Mr Faller said.
In Nepal, 27 of 75 districts were either submerged or hit by landslides, leaving villages and communities stranded without food, water and electricity.
Home Ministry official Shankar Acharya said 131 people had been killed and 30 were missing.
"We need donors' assistance and support from social organisations," an official statement said.
Aid workers are rushing to deliver tarpaulins for temporary shelter, food and water, said Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, secretary general of the Nepal Red Cross Society.
Residents face "severe food shortages" as food crops have been wiped out in the worst floods in 15 years, he said.
The risk of a "significant public health crisis" from waterborne diseases such as cholera is also high, charity Water Aid said.
In Bangladesh, flood levels have reached record highs. At least 56 people have been killed and about four million are affected, the Red Crescent said yesterday.
The situation could get worse as swollen rivers carry rainwater from neighbouring India downstream into the low-lying and densely populated country.
In India, more than 11 million people have been affected in four states across the north and east, with at least 156 killed.

"These are the worst floods in Assam in a decade," Keshab Mahanta, relief and rehabilitation minister, said.
Relief operations have been hampered, even as food packets are being dropped from helicopters in the worst-affected areas.
In a makeshift relief camp in Kaliabor, 160km east of Guwahati city, families said they had not received any aid.
Residents are also at risk of contracting diseases such as malaria and Japanese encephalitis, the Red Cross warned.
India's meteorological department is forecasting more heavy rain for the region in the coming days.

http://www.rte.ie/news/world/2017/0818/898369-floods-south-asia/