100 lives lost in South Asia monsoon flooding

More than 100 people have been killed in monsoon floods in South Asia, as torren­tial rain caused chaos in several countries.
Hundreds of thou­sands of people have been displaced, with many rescued from ris­ing waters and housed in shelters.
Nepal has suffered the highest death toll with over 75 peo­ple killed this week in floods and landslides.
Hundreds die every year across the region during the monsoon season between June and September.
In Nepal the army has been evacuat­ing hundreds of peo­ple from villages sub­merged by rising flood waters, with western parts of the country worst hit.
Interior ministry of­ficials say they fear the death toll could rise as information comes in from remote areas.
A spokesman, Yadav Prasad Koirala, told BBC Nepali that at least 12 people were missing as search and rescue ef­forts continued.
Across the border in India’s Bihar state, 22 people have died in heavy flooding and over 1.5 million people have been directly affected, with disaster response teams shifting many to safer places.
In the north-eastern tea growing state of As­sam a further 1.6 million people have been affect­ed with at least 16 peo­ple losing their lives and over 100,000 sheltering in 472 relief camps.
Vast areas of farmland and roads have been submerged along with several of the states’ wild life sanctuaries where animals have sought safety on higher ground.
Several rivers, includ­ing the Brahmaputra, are flowing dangerous­ly above their normal level or have burst their banks.


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By Sydney Chesterfield on July 29, 2016 · Posted in Reports, Trends

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