Monsoon death toll climbs in South Asia
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.
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.