Floods, landslides and monsoon rains take the lives of at at least 40 in South Asia
Floods and landslides in the wake of torrential monsoon rains have taken the lives of at least 40 people across South Asia over the past two days, officials said.
Bishwaraj Pokharel, a spokesperson for Nepal Police, says another 11 people were injured and 15 others are reported missing.
Three of the victims were killed when a wall collapsed in the capital Kathmandu.
Police used boats to bring people to safety as rivers swelled, inundating their settlements, while parents were seen wading across chest-high waters carrying children on their shoulders.
Nepal's weather department issued a high alert for the southern Sapta Koshi river on Saturday and sent SMS warnings to people in the area.
In neighbouring India, 11 deaths have been recorded in the northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, officials said Friday.
Monsoon floods have inundated 21 districts in Assam, affecting thousands, officials noted.
In Bangladesh, aid groups were providing rations to Rohingya refugees in the southeast of the country with the UN World Food Program saying Friday that two people including a child had died.
The monsoon, which lasts from June to September, causes widespread deaths and destruction across South Asia each year.
Last year, more than 1,200 people were killed across South Asia in monsoon storms with India's Kerala suffering its worst floods in nearly 100 years. 203/211/208