Mon­soon death toll climbs in South Asia

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

GAUHATI, In­dia ( AP) — The death toll in mon­soon flood­ing in South Asia has climbed past 160 as mil­lions of peo­ple and an­i­mals con­tinue to face the brunt in three coun­tries, of­fi­cials said Satur­day.

At least 90 peo­ple have died in Nepal and 62 in north­east­ern In­dia’s As­sam state over the past week. A dozen have been killed in flood­ing in Bangladesh.

Shiv Ku­mar, a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial in As­sam, said 10 rare one-horned rhi­nos have died in Kazi­ranga Na­tional Park since the Brahma­pu­tra River burst its banks, flood­ing the re­serve.

Some 4.8 mil­lion peo­ple spread over 3,700 vil­lages across the state are still af­fected by the floods, though the fre­quency of rains has de­creased in the past 24 hours, the As­sam Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Au­thor­ity said. The au­thor­ity said the bod­ies of 12 res­i­dents from dif­fer­ent ar­eas were re­cov­ered on Satur­day.

More than 2.5 mil­lion peo­ple have been im­pacted by flood­ing in north­east­ern In­dia’s Bi­har state.

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Im­rana Kha­toon (left) rides a boat to get to a hos­pi­tal on Fri­day, as a woman sits be­side her hold­ing Kha­toon’s newborn baby, in flood-af­fected Ga­gal­mari, east of Gauhati, In­dia.

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