Almost 350,000 displaced by flooding in Nepal's Terai region

01 Sep 17

Floods and landslides have displaced almost 350,000 people, with 140 reported dead, according to Executive Director of Caritas Nepal, Fr Silas Bogati.

Women and children are particularly affected, with many unable to feed their children as the agricultural sector has been devastated by flooding and landslides.

210 201709 Asia Floods (1)
Floods in India. Photo: Caritas Australia

Floods in India. Photo: Caritas Australia

The Terai region's plains stretch across the southern part of Nepal, housing 48% of the nation's population.

Waterborne diseases are also on the rise.

Caritas Nepal has initiated a rapid response, already assisting 6,000 families with food and hygiene kits.

"We were right on the ground because some of our offices are located in those areas." Fr Silas told ABC News live from Nepal.

We were right on the ground because some of our offices are located in those areas.

Father Silas Bogati

"But there's still more to do, we need to help families to rebuild their homes, so first emergency relief that we'll be doing and right after that we'll like to help these families to recover by building shelters and other activities to build their life better."

Over 20 million people are reportedly affected across Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

Caritas Australia has pledged support to partners in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, with their relief and rebuilding efforts. So far assistance from the Caritas Internationalis network has reached over 150,000 people .

You can donate to support the people affected by giving to Caritas Australia's Asia Emergency Appeal.

Watch Fr Silas' interview with ABC News below