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Worst monsoon floods in years kill more than 1,200 across South Asia

31 August 2017

More than 1,200 people have died across India, Bangladesh and Nepal in the worst floods to strike South Asia in years. Police said a 45-year-old woman and a 1-1/2-year-old child, members of the same family, died after their home in the northeastern suburb of Vikhroli crumbled late on Tuesday, while a twoyear- old girl died in a wall collapse.

The U.N. World Food Program said that Bangladesh was at risk of "devastating hunger" after major floods that destroyed crops, homes and livelihoods of people across many impoverished areas in a delta nation of 160 million people.

When the Times asked Markus how the situation in Nepal compares to flooding in Houston, he said: "We hope people won't overlook the desperate needs of the people here because of the disasters closer home". You don't see that in Nepal, Bangladesh or India.

But over the weekend, relentless rain began falling on Mumbai, on India's western coast.

Heavy rain warnings have also been issued for other parts of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital.

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The rains have led to wide-scale flooding in a broad arc stretching across the Himalayan foothills in the three countries, causing landslides, damaging roads and electric towers and washing away tens of thousands of homes and vast swathes of farmland.

Every year the city struggles to cope with the annual monsoon deluge, drawing criticism about its poor planning.

"Floods in 2005 killed more than 500 people in the city".

"Unabated construction on flood plains and coastal areas, as well as storm-water drains and waterways clogged by plastic garbage, has made the city increasingly vulnerable to storms".

Five people died in Mumbai after floods struck yesterday, briefly shutting commuter rail networks and forcing the closure of schools and offices.

Worst monsoon floods in years kill more than 1,200 across South Asia