Hundreds killed and millions affected by monsoon floods in south Asia


At least 47 people have lost their lives in Nepal as torrential rains hit the region, the government said in a statement. At least 30 other people were missing in Nepal. Police have rescued more than 1,100 people because floods affected some 10,385 households. Continuing bad weather has grounded helicopter rescue flights. Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology warned of more troubles ahead for the southern region near the main rivers, urging people to keep watch on rising water levels and move to higher ground when needed. Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation of 160 million people with more than 130 rivers, is prone to monsoon floods. 


Heavy rains have also caused deaths in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. Hundreds of landslides since April have killed at least 10 people in the camps, including two Rohingya children in the last week. Officials in northeastern India said at least 14 people were killed and over a million affected by flooding. Floods and mudslides have also hit some other northeast Indian states, including Meghalaya, Sikkim and Mizoram. Heavy rains are expected to continue in the coming days. The monsoon season lasts from June to September and wreaks havoc across South Asia every year.


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