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In pictures: Nepal and India floods

  • 18 August 2014
  • From the section Asia

At least 160 people are reported to have been killed and thousands left homeless after torrential rain brought floods and landslides in Nepal and northern India.

The region has experienced several consecutive days of torrential rain, leaving villages marooned and in need of rescue efforts. This village in Assam is surrounded by floodwaters.

In Nepal, the deaths of 101 people have been confirmed and 130 people remain missing.

In India, 60 deaths have been confirmed, of which at least 28 were in Uttar Pradesh, 32 in Uttarakhand, 2 in Bihar and 1 in Assam.

Officials in Nepal fear an outbreak of cholera, which commonly follows flooding as a water-borne infection. This family in Morigaon district of India's Assam state have nevertheless managed to find clean water.

"The flood has destroyed our water pipes, our roads and cut off our electricity, making it difficult for us to carry out necessary search and rescue operations," an official in Nepal's Surkhet district, Jagat Bahadur Basnet, told AFP. These houses in Morigaon, Assam, have also been cut off.

Animals at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam have been forced to seek higher ground to avoid the rising waters, according to the Press Trust of India.

Rescue efforts were helped by a decline in rainfall and clear skies on Monday, says Jhanka Nath Dhakal, of Nepal's National Emergency Operation Centre. These villagers in Harinarayanpur village of Uttar Pradesh have managed to escape by boat.

Makeshift camps, like this one in Assam, have been set up in many of the affected areas, but many remain unreached.

The region's monsoon season often occurs between June and September, commonly causing flooding in both Nepal and India.

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