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Millions Of People Have Been Displaced By Extreme Rain And Deadly Floods In South Asia

Hundreds have died as heavy flooding has spread across India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

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Millions of people have been displaced and hundreds have died as monsoon rains continue to cause severe flooding across South Asia.

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A flood-affected family moves on a banana raft past a fishing net in Morigaon district, in Assam, India.

In India at least 96 people have been killed in the floods, while about a million are taking shelter in government-run relief camps.

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The flood waters have uprooted trees and brought down telephone cables in the states of Bihar in the east, Assam in the northeast, and Himachal Pradesh in the north, the Associated Press reported.

In Nepal 102 people have been reported dead due to the extreme flooding.

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The monsoon rains triggered floods and landslides in at least 43 districts of Nepal, a government minister said.

Last week, one of the suspension bridges in western Nepal collapsed during a raging flash flood.

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Military helicopters have been deployed to carry out relief and rescue operations in the areas that have been most affected by the floods.

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In Bangladesh, more than 30 people have died from lightning strikes and flooding over the past several days.

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The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) estimated that at least 820,000 people have been affected by the flooding in Bangladesh.

Martin Faller, head of operations at the IFRC, said the floods were much worse than in previous years.

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“These communities are used to dealing with floods and landslides," Faller said in a statement. "They are an annual event during monsoon season.

“But this year is different. These floods are far more intense. People were simply not prepared for such excessive rainfall."

The monsoon has also impacted the region's wildlife. At least 20 endangered rhinos were killed after flooding swept through Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India.

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Park officials managed to rescue six baby rhinos and were forced to move many animals, including elephants, buffaloes, and boars, to higher ground as high flood waters engulfed them.

In parts of India the flood waters have begun receding but other areas across South Asia still face extreme rain and rising flood waters.

Alicia Melville-Smith is a homepage editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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