Thursday, July 28, 2016

Over 100 dead 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.....

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