1200 dead from flooding, landslides in South Asia

Some of the extent of the Bangladesh floods
As Storm Harvey dominates headlines, floods are devastating South Asia
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31 August, 2017

This was the latest in a series of floods that has lashed South Asia, deluges in Nepal, Bangladesh, and India claiming around 1,200 lives so far in total.

India's monsoon season runs from June through September.

On Tuesday, Mumbai was flooded as the entire city came to a standstill.

The United Nations said it was the worst floods to hit the area in a decade.

Catastrophic flooding in 2005 killed more than 500 people in Mumbai, and majority had been living in shantytown slums. "Many flood survivors have lost everything: their homes, their possessions, their crops", representative Christa Räder said. The U.N. estimates that more than 41 million people have been affected by the downpour. The floodwaters have been receding, the Times reports, but relief efforts are only beginning.

A spokesperson for the IFRC tells TIME that almost a million houses have been damaged or destroyed in the three most affected countries. Last week, the news service Agence France-Presse, tallying official death tolls across five regions, found 726 victims of flooding and landslides, while Reuters looked at six states and found at least 850 people have died.

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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 on Tuesday, while a 2-year-old girl died in a wall collapse.

Torrential monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt - destroying homes and leaving thousands of people stranded.

Nearly a third of Bangladesh's terrain has been submerged by floods.

The past few weeks of monsoon flooding have had their most devastating effect on India's east and north, as well as neighboring Bangladesh and Nepal. Several villages in the east Indian state of Bihar are still inundated, with people living in makeshift shelters for days amid widespread heavy damage to farmland.

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