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Monsoon Flooding Hits Indian Subcontinent

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by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - More than three million people have been forced to flee their homes in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, as the rising floodwaters of monsoon season hit the Indian subcontinent.

76 people were killed in Nepal and Bangladesh, while in the nearby northern Indian states of Bihar and Assam, 3.6 million people were displaced, with 100,000 from the Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh—which houses 700,00 Rohingya refugees from Burma—also forced to relocate.

"The flood situation remains extremely critical," the Indian state of Assam's Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta said on Saturday, which region has spent millions of rupees on flood prevention in the past.

So far the damage does not seem as severe as 2017, when 1,288 people were killed in the same countries, which are typically affected by seasonal flooding. That year, an additional 45 million people were affected by the floods in what experts called the worst period in recent memory for the region.

Nepalese officials said that the Kosi river, which overflowed in 2008 and killed 500 people, had receded for now.

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