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Scores are killed after heavy rain triggers flooding; Deaths: Nepal, India and Bangladesh suffer.

Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have killed at least 50 people in Nepal in the past few days, with more deaths reported across the border in India and Bangladesh.

At least 30 other people were missing in Nepal, either swept away by swollen rivers or buried by mudslides since monsoon rains began pounding the region on Friday, Nepal's National Emergency Operation Centre said.

It said nine key roads remained blocked by floods and mudslides, and attempts were under way to open them up for traffic.

Continuing bad weather has grounded helicopter rescue flights, and workers were also repairing fallen communication towers to restore phone lines.

More than 1,100 people have been rescued from flooded areas, and 30 have been treated for injuries.

Nepal's Department of Hydrology and Meteorology warned of more troubles ahead for the southern region near the main rivers.

Rain-triggered floods, mudslides and lightning have left a trail of destruction in other parts of South Asia.

In Bangladesh, at least a dozen people, mostly farmers in rural areas, have been killed by lightning since Saturday as monsoon rains continue to batter parts of the lowlying country, according to officials and news reports.

Water Development Board official Rabiul Islam said about 40,000 people have been affected, with homes being submerged.

Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation with more than 130 rivers, is prone to monsoon floods because of overflowing rivers and the heavy onrush of water from upstream India.

Officials in north-eastern India said at least 14 people were killed and more than a million affected by flooding. Six deaths were reported in neighbouring Arunachal state.

Assam's Kaziranga National Park, home to the endangered one-horn rhinoceros, has been flooded.

Floods and mudslides have also hit some other north east Indian states, including Meghalaya, Sikkim and Mizoram.

In Mizoram, floods have submerged about 400 homes in the small town of Tlabung, police said.

"The home to endangered rhinoceros has been flooded"

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
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Date:Jul 15, 2019
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