Monsoon rains flood South Asia, 14 killed in Nepal | Flood News

Nepal police said on Sunday that heavy rains have caused floods and landslides across the country, killing at least 14 people and that disaster response teams are searching for nine people who are missing.

Floods also occurred in neighbouring India and Bangladesh, causing widespread damage and affecting millions of people.

“Police are collaborating with other agencies and local residents to search for the missing people,” said Nepal Police spokesman Dhan Bahadur Karki.

People are reported dead or missing in several locations.

Monsoon rains, which occur between June and September, cause widespread death and destruction across South Asia every year, but the number of deadly floods and landslides has increased in recent years.

Experts say climate change and increased road building are exacerbating the problem.

Heavy rain has been falling in parts of Nepal since Thursday, with disaster management authorities in the Himalayan nation warning of the risk of flash floods in several rivers.

Flooding was reported in several low-lying districts along the border with India.

Last month, 14 people were killed in Nepal after a fierce storm brought landslides, lightning strikes and flooding.

In India, floods have hit the northeastern state of Assam, killing six people in the past 24 hours, the Assam Disaster Management Authority said on Sunday.

This brings the death toll from heavy rains in the state since mid-May to 70, the PTI news agency reported.

Downstream from India in low-lying Bangladesh, disaster management officials said floods affected more than two million people.

Most of the country is made up of the delta formed by the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers in the Himalayas which flow through India and into the sea.

The summer monsoon brings 70 to 80 percent of annual rainfall to South Asia.

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