Floods Caused By Monsoon Rain Displace Millions in India and Nepal

ON 07/20/2020 AT 19:20 PM

Landslides and flash floods are common in Nepal and India's north-eastern state of Assam and Bihar, during monsoon that falls on June through September. This year’s monsoon rain has devastated and displaced nearly four million people in India and neighbouring Nepal, with dozens missing and death toll rising to at least 189.

Also, about 90 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park is reportedly under floodwater Photo: Ministry of Defence (GODL-India) / GODL-India

 

Landslides and flash floods are common in Nepal and India's north-eastern state of Assam and Bihar, during monsoon that falls on June through September.

This year’s monsoon rain has devastated and displaced nearly four million people in India and neighbouring Nepal, with dozens missing and death toll rising to at least 189.

The overflowing Brahmaputra River, which flows through China's Tibet, India and Bangladesh, has damaged crops and triggered mudslides, displacing millions of people, officials said.

CM Sonowal said, as quoted by news agency ANI, "Over 70 lakh people have been affected due to Assam floods. People, as well as animals, are being rescued from the affected areas and being shifted to relief camps and safer locations."

"On one hand, people are troubled due to COVID-19 and on the other hand, there are challenges arising out of Assam floods. Still, the people of our state continue to fight the battle. Central and state government is providing all kinds of assistance to the people.", he added.

. Meanwhile, the death toll in state rose to 85, after six more people died in Assam on Sunday.

"The flood situation remains critical with most of the rivers flowing menacingly above the danger mark," Assam Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta said.

Meanwhile in Nepal, some 110 people were killed and another 100 injured as landslides and flash floods washed or swept away homes, upended roads and bridges, and displaced hundreds of others in 26 of the country's 77 districts, the police said.

Home Ministry official Murari Wasti said the death toll was expected to rise, with 48 people still missing.

"Search and rescue teams are looking for those who are missing in different places but chances of finding them alive are slim," Mr Wasti told Reuters.

Mr Barun Paudel of the weather forecasting office in the capital, Kathmandu, said heavy rain was expected to pound much of the mainly mountainous nation in the next four days. "We have urged residents to remain alert against possible landslides and floods," he said.