Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

12 killed in house collapse as monsoon toll rises across South Asia

12 killed in house collapse as monsoon toll rises across South Asia

Flood-hit Nepal has appealed to the worldwide agencies for help to prevent the possible water-borne diseases and to ensure proper health services to the tens of thousand of people affected by the incessant rains that has claimed at least 67 lives, according to media reports.

Millions have been forced to leave their homes as flooding continues across parts of India and other areas of South Asia, with officials saying at least 76 people have died.

Seasonal monsoon rains have triggered deadly flooding and landslides across South Asia since early July 2019.

Nepal Police and Nepal Army personnel have rescued 1,446 people so far from 22 flood-hit districts of the country so far.

In the latest monsoon-related tragedy in India, a four-storey building on a hillside in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh collapsed, trapping those who had gathered for a party inside.

Pratata Amrit, a government official, said about 200,000 people left their flooded village homes in Bihar, with 50,000 taking shelter in 152 state-run relief camps.

The flood situation in Assam, the worst-hit state, has impacted 2.6 million people and claimed 11 lives across 28 districts.

'There are the challenges of resettlement of the displaced as many houses. have been swept away.

Assam's Kaziranga National Park, home to the endangered one-horn rhinoceros, has been flooded.

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"As we are collecting reports, the death toll may rise", Bed Nidhi Khanal, chief of the Emergency Operation Centre, said. "We are also cautious about the risk of epidemics due to polluted water", Pokharel told AFP.

Some 1.9 million people have been affected by thefloods in Bihar, state officials said.

Floods and landslides caused by heavy downpours wreaked havoc in the region, killing at least 100 people in a week. More than 10,000 are estimated to have been displaced.

Heavy rains are anticipated to proceed in the arrival days.

Nepali residents walk through floodwaters after the Balkhu River overflowed following monsoon rains at the Kalanki area of Kathmandu, July 12, 2019.

Almost 80% of Assam's Kaziranga National Park, home to the endangered one-horn rhinoceros, has been flooded by the mighty Brahmaputra river, which flows along the sanctuary, forest officer Jutika Borah said.

In Bangladesh, at least 14 people have died in seven districts while over 60,000 families in low-lying areas have been marooned in their homes or shelters, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society said. Researchers say climate change made extreme rains in some parts of the region twice as likely in 2017.

Heavy rains also caused deaths in Bangladesh, including in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps.

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