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Floods worsen in India's northeast; rare rhinos in danger

Floods maroon parts of India, Nepal; millions displaced Violent Floods in Assam: School Building Collapses, Tiger Death Reported (VIDEO)
Patty Aguilar | 16 July, 2019, 17:41

More than 1.7 million people in Assam have been displaced by the floods and most of the Kaziranga National Park, home to the rare one-horned rhino, was also under water.

Almost 50 people have been killed in India, with two eastern states - Assam and Bihar, which borders Nepal - bearing the brunt of the deluge.

"As on Monday, 42.86 lakh people across 4,157 villages have been affected and 83,180 of them have taken shelter in 183 relief camps across 26 districts", an ASDMA official said.

"The United Nations offers its condolences to the Government and people of both Nepal and India and stands by to provide support if required", Haq said.

Floods in South Asia cause mass displacement and deaths annually, and the death toll and damage from the current monsoon season, which has just begun, is likely to increase in coming weeks.

In Bangladesh, more than 100,000 people were affected by flooding in the north and forecasters warned that major rivers continued to swell across the country.

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The floods in Assam are due to the raising of the water level of the Brahmaputra river, which flows from the peaks of the Himalayas to Bangladesh.

The rain was easing on over parts of Nepal, Bangladesh and India's Bihar state, where thousands have sough shelter in relief camps, officials said.

He also informed him that he has asked the state ministers and all public representatives, including MLAs, to extend a helping hand to the victims of floods and personally involve themselves in the rescue operations.

The monsoon rains began on Thursday in Nepal, with tens of thousands evacuated after major rivers swelled to unsafe levels, according to the Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs. Meteorological Forecasting Division forecast rain at some places. Cox's Bazar, a lowland coastal district where about a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have been stuck after fleeing violence, has not been spared. Reports inform that over 20 of Nepal's 77 districts were worst-hit due to the floods and landslides.

Meanwhile in Bangladesh, many people live in homes made of bamboo, mud, or timber - which provide little to no protection in floods, said Azmat Ulla, head of the the Bangladesh office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The annual deluge, which hit the country on Thursday, has so far displaced at least 10 000 people there. They said 30 others are missing, either swept away by swollen rivers or buried by mudslides since monsoon rains began pounding the region on Friday.

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