Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nepal floods: Heavy rainfall claims 78 lives in last 5 days

Nepal floods: Heavy rainfall claims 78 lives in last 5 days

In remote northeastern India, 17 others were killed by flooding and mudslides and more than 2 million were affected by flooding in Assam and other states in the past four days, officials said.

Heavy rains continue across the north- eastern parts of India worsening the flood situation, which has left lakhs of people displaced in Bihar, Assam and a few other north-eastern districts.

More than 6.7 million people in India have been directly affected by the floods, according to official statements - about 2.5 million in Bihar and 4.2 million in Assam.

Floods in South Asia cause deaths and mass displacement every year, and the loss of life and harm from the current flow storm season, which has recently started, is probably going to hike in coming weeks.

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The Indian weather office has forecast widespread rains across Assam and Bihar over the next two days.

Flood affected villagers with their children travel on a boat in Katahguri village along the Brahmaputra river, east of Gauhati, India, Sunday, July 14, 2019. The flood situation in Assam worsened on Sunday with the death toll rising to 11 and almost 26.5 lakh people affected.

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The Kaziranga National Park, home of the endangered one-horned rhino, was nearly entirely under water, the state government said, forcing animals to seek shelter on higher ground, including in human settlements.

The death toll from floods and landslides triggered by the incessant downpour in Nepal has climbed to 78, with 32 people still missing, police said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over phone and took stock of the ongoing flood situation in the state, where 15 people have been killed in floods and landslides and over 46 lakh have been affected.

Transportation, electricity, water and communication services were also disrupted in many parts of the country. Landslides, floods and wind have damaged hundreds of structures and directly impacted 5% of Cox's Bazars residents, it says.

"It's tough to go to food distribution centres by wading through a swamp of mud", Nurun Jan, a Rohingya refugee, told AFP news agency. Meanwhile Delhi, which has been grappling with hot and humid conditions, saw its dry spell broken Monday as long-awaited rain and winds hit the Indian capital.

Refugees also described a shortage of drinking water and a looming health crisis due to flooded toilets, which foster disease outbreaks.

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