Wednesday 17 January 2018

Hundreds dead after flooding and landslides in South Asia

Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain have killed dozens of people in Nepal and left thousands homeless (AP/Niranjan Shrestha)
Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain have killed dozens of people in Nepal and left thousands homeless (AP/Niranjan Shrestha)

The death toll from flooding and landslides that have devastated parts of northern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh over the past few days has risen to 218.

Millions of others have been displaced by the flooding, officials said.

In Nepal, officials scrambled to send relief supplies to flood-hit areas where incessant rain has flooded hundreds of villages, killing 110 people.

In neighbouring India's Bihar state 41 people have died, most of them from drowning, collapsed houses or toppled trees.

Another 21 people have died in India's remote north-eastern state of Assam, where soldiers raced to rescue people marooned on rooftops.

Deadly landslides and flooding are common across South Asia during the summer monsoon season that stretches from June to September.

Press Association

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