KUCHING: The worst floods to hit South Asia in 40 years continue to wreak havoc in the region almost a month since they began.
According to a report carried by the Australian ABC news website, an estimated 40 million people are struggling to rebuild their lives, even as entire villages across Bangladesh, India and Nepal have remained submerged under water.
The worst-hit areas include Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh states in northern India, the Terai region in southern Nepal, and Kurigram and Chimari districts in northern Bangladesh.
In India alone, UNICEF estimated 31 million people were affected by the floods, losing their homes, livelihoods, cattle or property.
In Bangladesh, more than 8 million people were affected, including about 3 million children.
And in Nepal, the number affected was about 1.7 million people.
At least 1.5 million homes are believed to have been destroyed or damaged, along with thousands of schools, hospitals, roads and bridges.
Of the 1,300 people killed, aid agencies said 30 to 40 per cent were children.
In Nepal alone, at least 160 people are dead and 25 missing.
A recent video report on the BBC news website said that more than one third of Bangladesh is under water.
While water levels have receded, public safety is still a concern in view of risks of secondary disasters and water-borne diseases as well as the disruption to household income and livelihoods.
Food security is also a concern as it is also anticipated that destroyed paddy and agricultural fields will take some time to recover.