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Monsoon floods in India, Nepal displace millions

July 21, 2020 - Floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and northeastern regions of India have killed hundreds of people and affected millions more.

Severe flooding in the Indian state of Assam has killed at least 85 people, displaced tens of thousands of residents and drowned rare wildlife in a national park.

Since May, raging floodwaters have inundated thousands of villages on the banks of the overflowing Brahmaputra river, forcing more than 145,648 people out of their homes and hampering efforts to prevent the continued spread of coronavirus, CNN said.

In Nepal, 114 people have died and 48 remain missing due to devastating floods and landslides, authorities said on Monday.

Prithvi Highway, Nepal’s key transport route connecting the western part of the country to the capital Kathmandu, has been blocked at several sections after being hit by multiple landslides, officials said.

In Bangladesh, nearly one third of the country –- and one fifth of its population – have been affected by floods. Hundreds of schools across the country have been turned into shelters for the displaced.

The situation is unlikely to improve soon, as Nepal, Bangladesh and northeastern India will continue to see very heavy rainfall this week.

PUBLISHED: 21/07/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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