Fears of worsening India floods as torrential rains wreak havoc


A woman carrying her child wades along a road in flood affected area following heavy monsoon rainfalls, in Assam on August 31, 2021 AFP India’s poorest state Bihar and wildlife-rich Assam have been hit by incessant rains for a week More than three million people have been affected by the annual monsoon deluge as torrential […]

Floods threaten hundreds of thousands in northeast India


Villagers take shelter on higher grounds in a flood affected area of Morigaon district in India’s Assam state on August 30, 2021 AFP Incessant downpours for more than a week forced the Brahmaputra and other major rivers to burst their banks across Assam and Bihar states Flood waters rose on Monday across northeastern India, where […]

IFC’s investments in South Asia continue to have strong impact


Investments made in Bangladesh, other South Asian countries for Covid-19 vaccine production In a bid to protect the most vulnerable people and help companies maintain operations and jobs, International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s focused and sustained investments in South Asia have continued to have a strong impact in the 2021-22 fiscal year. The investments support medical […]

Sri Lanka walks back fertilizer ban over political fallout fears


Tea pickers remove weed at an organic tea plantation farm, in the southern district of Ratnapura on July 31, 2021 AFP The ban on chemical fertilizers was opposed by farmers who staged protests after reporting failing vegetable crops as existing stocks began to run out in recent weeks Sri Lanka’s government on Thursday walked back […]

125 dead as heavy rain triggers floods, landslides in India

125 dead as heavy rain triggers floods, landslides in India

NDRF personnel rescuing stranded villagers from low lying areas flooded after heavy monsoon rains in Chiplun district of Maharashtra on July 23, 2021 AFP At least 42 people died after landslides flattened most homes in the Taliye village, ┬ásoutheast of the financial capital of Mumbai Rescue teams in India struggled through thick sludge and debris […]

India’s poor can’t afford to beat the heat

India's poor can't afford to beat the heat

In this file photo taken on July 4, 2021, a boy cools off with a swim in a canal on a hot summer day in Sri Ganganagar in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. Beating the merciless heat is hard in the Indian desert city of Sri Ganganagar, a reality facing millions across the vast […]

Tens of millions sizzle in India’s severe heatwave

A boy cools himself off in the waters of a tube well on a hot summer day at a field in New Delhi, India July 1, 2021 Reuters The deadliest year for India was 2015 when over 2,000 were killed by intense heat Tens of millions of people in India were suffering on Friday under […]

Rogue elephant kills 16 in India


File photo: Young African elephants roam in the Africam Safari Zoo in Puebla, Mexico, June 5, 2012 Reuters The mature male, believed to be 15 or 16 years old, has been on the rampage in the tribal Santhal Pargana region of Jharkhand state A rogue elephant has killed at least 16 villagers in the past […]

Cyclone Yaas kills at least 9 in India, Bangladesh

Cyclone Yaas kills at least 9 in India, Bangladesh

Members of the National Disaster Response Force evacuate people from flooded area to safer place as Cyclone Yaas makes landfall at Ramnagar in West Bengal on May 26, 2021 Reuters Two people died in West Bengal, two in Odisha and five in Bangladesh, officials said Thousands of people were homeless on Thursday after cyclone Yaas […]

New India cyclone warning as death toll rises

Damaged vehicles are seen following Cyclone Tauktae in Una in the western state of Gujarat, India, May 19, 2021 Reuters Around 600 had been rescued by the navy but 38 remain missing from an accommodation barge for oil workers that ripped free of its anchors in the storm and sank A major new storm was […]