Date
23 July 2017
Kalay, Myanmar, is inundated by floodwater Monday. Photo: AFP
Kalay, Myanmar, is inundated by floodwater Monday. Photo: AFP

Hundreds dead as monsoon rains batter southern Asia

Monsoon rains have killed hundreds of people across Asia, AFP reported, citing official reports.

Rescuers scrambled Monday to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar after flash floods and landslides.

In India, more than 120 people have died in recent days.

More than a million have been displaced by rains worsened by a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal last week.

In Myanmar, heavy seasonal rains, aggravated by the cyclone, have killed 46 people and affected more than 200,000.

The government has designated four “national disaster-affected regions” in central and western Myanmar, where villagers have been forced to use canoes and makeshift rafts to escape the rising waters, the news agency reported.

In Pakistan, 116 people have died.

Dozens have also been killed in Nepal and Vietnam by floods and landslides.

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