Monsoon misery spreads in south Asia

Heavy rains and rising floodwaters in northeast India have forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and sent elephants and rhinos fleeing. In the eastern state of Bihar, desperate flood victims looted food supplies, while in Bangladesh rivers rose to danger levels and fresh parts of the country were submerged.

Since the monsoon began in South Asia in June, more than 1,000 people have died in floods, with most of the casualties recorded in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in July.

Aid agencies have criticised the government’s handling of the crisis, Reuters reported, saying they should have done more to anticipate the disaster and plan relief operations.

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