July 19th, 2019: The death toll in South Asia continues to increase as the flooding and landslides ravaged the border region of India and Nepal, leaving tens of thousands displaced and millions affected.
More than 100 people have died in India and Nepal since monsoon flooding began over the weekend. The rains have stopped in Nepal on Tuesday, but the disaster is far from over — with heavy downpours expected to continue in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the coming days.
Nepal appears the worst hit so far, with at least 83 people dead, officials said on Tuesday. A further 29 have died in the northeastern Indian states of Bihar and Assam.
Flash floods have also ripped through Pakistan and Bangladesh, which border India on the west and east, respectively. 28 have died in Pakistan, and 16 in Bangladesh have died from lightning strikes, according to authorities from each country.
More than 6.7 million people in India have been directly affected by the floods, according to official statements — about 2.5 million in Bihar and 4.2 million in Assam.
300,000 Bangladeshis have been evacuated to temporary relief camps and shelters, according to the country’s state minister for disaster management and relief.
Changes in climate has led to increasingly extreme seasons across South Asia. Just last month, swathes of India — including the major cities of Mumbai and Chennai — nearly ran out of water, with people lining up for hours for meager daily allocations of government-provided water.
Residents are forced from one unlivable extreme to the next — from having no water to drink to escaping rushing floodwater.