Climate & Environment
South Asia is being battered by monsoon floods and these photos show the scale of destructionIncessant rainfall has lashed the region over the last week, causing floods and landslides and killing scores of people.
The arrival of monsoon season brought respite from scorching heat to people across South Asia, particularly the farmers who depend on the rains to start the annual planting season. But the incessant rainfall that lashed the region over the past few days has also caused floods and landslides across the region, killing scores of people and rendering millions homeless.
In Nepal, the monsoon arrived a few days late this year but in recent weeks, the country's southern plains have witnessed heavy rainfall that has wreaked havoc across the region.
According to the latest data published by the National Emergency Operation Centre, at least 90 people have died in floods and landslides across the country. Over 12,000 homes have been damaged due to the rain-induced disasters.
According to Reuters, the death toll from monsoon rains in neighbouring India climbed to 97 in two flood-hit states—the eastern state of Bihar that borders Nepal and the north-eastern state of Assam. Several million people are living in camps and makeshift settlements in the two worst-hit districts, according to officials, with heavy rains and flooding since last week forcing even animals to seek shelter inside homes.
In Bangladesh, the Jamuna river broke through an embankment, inundating at least 40 villages and displacing more than 200,000 people.
These photos show the impact of monsoon rains in South Asia:
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