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Monsoon Rains in South Asia Kill 1,400; Displace Millions

  • VOA News

Monsoon rains in South Asia have killed nearly 14-hundred people, as government and relief agencies struggle to get humanitarian aid to at least 20 million others driven from their homes.

A statement from UNICEF -- the United Nations child welfare agency -- says more than 11-hundred people have died in India alone.

Thousands of army personnel have been dispatched to Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh states to provide desperately needed food, water and medicine to millions of stranded people. Rescue efforts in rural areas are hampered by waist-high waters that have cut off access to many villages.

Half of neighboring Bangladesh is underwater, while in Nepal, landslides and floods triggered by melting snow from the Himalayan mountains displaced tens of thousands of people.

South Asia's monsoon season runs from June to September and is considered vital to the region's agriculture. Each year, the rains cause hundreds of deaths and widespread devastation. This year's rainfall has been heavier than usual.

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