Flooding and landslides take more lives in South Asia
July 20 2019 06:37 PM
People use a rope to cross a river in the Gaur district of Rautahat, some 200km south of the capital
People use a rope to cross a river in the Gaur district of Rautahat, some 200km south of the capital

Dpa/New Delhi

More than 350 people have now died as a result of flooding and landslides in South Asia brought on by heavy monsoon rains over the past few weeks, officials said Saturday.

So far, 184 deaths have been reported in India, 90 in Nepal, 41 in Pakistan and 37 in Bangladesh since the latest heavy rains began in early July.

Though the rains were easing and floodwaters receding on Saturday, the situation remained critical across vast swathes of the region which remained waterlogged.

"The death toll reached 92 on Friday as rescue workers found more bodies," a disaster management official in India's eastern state of Bihar said. "The situation is still grim."  "A total of 114,721 people are currently in relief camps as their villages are inundated with water and roads submerged," the official said.

More than 6 million people in Bihar have been affected by the devastating floods.

In Assam state, 50 people have died in floods and landslides, the state's disaster management unit spokesman Akhil Das said. More than 6 million people have been affected and over 20,000 are in relief camps.

Large areas of farmland, homes and infrastructure have been destroyed in both states.

Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said 41 people had died in the flooding and rain-related incidents as of Thursday.

This includes 22 were from Pakistan-administered Kashmir who were swept away by flash floods on Monday.

In Nepal, the death toll has risen to 90 but the rains and flood waters are now receding.



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