In India, at least 48 people have died since June 14, after heavy rains hit the northeastern state of Assam, according to its disaster management authority, triggering landslides and causing river banks to swell. More than 5.5 million people have been affected in the state alone, the authority added.
Assam’s chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Tuesday visited one of the 1,687 relief camps housing more than 260,000 displaced people in the state.
In the nearby state of Meghalaya, at least 25 people have died since June 9, 11 of whom are still missing and 22 more injured, according to government officials.
Video broadcasts on local television showed people in affected cities wading waist deep in muddy water, and streets were transformed into rivers, with vehicles submerged underwater.
In neighboring Bangladesh, flood-related incidents, including electric shocks and landslides, have killed at least 22 people, according to officials.
As many as 4 million people, including 1.6 million children, have been stranded by the floods, according to UNICEF.
“Children need safe drinking water right now. Preventing deadly waterborne diseases is one of several critical concerns,” Sheldon Yett, UNICEF’s representative in Bangladesh, said in a statement on Monday.
The rains have caused catastrophic floods in the northeastern Sylhet region, local officials said.
“The floods are the worst in 122 years in the Sylhet region,” Atiqul Haque, director general of Bangladesh’s disaster management department, told Reuters on Monday.
Health facilities have been flooded in Sylhet while children were at increased risk of drowning, according to UNICEF.
More than 36,000 children have sought refuge in overcrowded shelters with their families, UNICEF said.
Schools have been forced to close and exams have been canceled, further affecting their education after months of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, it added.
CNN’s Esha Mitra contributed reporting.