India and Nepal have experienced extreme flooding the past three days caused by heavy rainfall. Relief teams were deployed with medicine, food, and emergency shelters, however the death toll has already reached 180 by Monday morning. Northern India and western Nepal were the areas hit the worst as rushing floodwaters washed away dwellings made of natural materials like mud and straw.
Flooding severely damaged many roads in western Nepal so several helicopters were deployed to bring in supplies according to Jhanka Dhakal of Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center. With thousands of people without food and shelter, local officials gave out rice, lentils, and specialized cooking pots to those who lost their homes. Most of these people were poor farmers who do not live in permanent housing.
According to local authorities, over 100 people have died in Nepal and 84 in India since the flooding started on Thursday. Dams in Nepal were damaged by the flooding which caused the situation to worsen in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The rising waters and continuous rain caused several rivers to breach their banks according to Alok Ranjan, a prominent official from Uttar Pradesh. State officials reported 10 more deaths Sunday night which raised the total dead to 34 since Thursday. 50 more people died in Uttarakhand, another state in northern India, when rivers rushed through their fields and villages. Villagers from the most damaged areas were in the process of being evacuated to temporary relief camps set up in government building Monday morning, Ranjan said.
The Kaziranga National Park, in the Indian state of Assam, was severely flooded, causing animals to cross a major highway to escape to high ground. The Kaziranga National Park is also a wildlife reserve that is currently home to 2,500 of the remaining 3,000 one horned rhinos still alive. M.K. Yadava, the park’s director, said rising water from the Brahmaputra River, which flows along one side of the park, caused 5 feet of water to flood most of the park.
In Nepal, Prime Minster Sushil Koirala reached out to foreign disaster response agencies to assist in helping flood victims. Koirala said the government was in the process of sending medical teams and supplies to prevent diseases commonly caused by flooding such as cholera. They are also passing out food and temporary shelters to all those who have been displaced by the flooding.
Monsoon season typically lasts from June to September and brings regular flooding to Nepal and India. A landslide destroyed an entire village outside of Katmandu earlier this month killing over 150 people.
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