At least 50 people killed by seasonal rains in Nepal

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — At least 50 people have been killed in Nepal and dozens more have been killed by floods and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains, officials said Sunday.

The floods also hit northeastern India, where 11 people were killed by rising river levels.

Heavy rains have been reported since Thursday in several provinces in Nepal, mainly in the country’s eastern region and the southern plains, causing damage to thousands.

Nepal police spokesman confirmed the loss of 33 people, while more than 1,100 people were rescued. “We have mobilized all our resources in the country to conduct search, rescue and relief operations and have been able to reach all the affected areas,” he told AFP.

The river levels are expected to return to normal since Monday, the authorities said.

Every year, monsoon rains between June and September cause many deaths and cause great damage to South Asia.

At least 11 people were killed in northeastern India, officials said, and some 20,000 people were taken to relief camps in Assam, badly hit by the monsoon.

In Bangladesh, volunteer groups provided rations to the Rohingya refugees in the southeast of the country. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) confirmed the deaths of two people Friday from the Rohingya, including a child.

Last year 1,200 people were killed in Southeast Asia due to monsoon rains, with India’s Kerala worst hit in 100 years.

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