NEW DELHI – Monsoon floods continued to wreak havoc across South Asia, killing 37 more people and forcing millions to flee their homes or seek emergency shelter, officials said Monday.
Relief workers were rushing emergency food supplies to scores of people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, many huddled on mud embankments or trying to escape the raging waters in boats.
Since flooding began in June, 241 people have died in South Asia from waterborne diseases, electrocution, collapsing buildings and strong currents.
In Bangladesh (search), rain-swollen rivers burst their banks, flooding villages and towns and killing 11 people — mostly children, relief officials said. More than 3 million people have been marooned in their inundated homes. Flooding has killed 36 people in Bangladesh this year.
At least 19 people were killed in Nepal (search) over the weekend in the district of Makwanpur, about 100 miles south of the capital, Katmandu, police said. Officials and news reports said a total of 47 people have died in Nepal since June.
However in a positive development, improved weather in the Himalayan kingdom's central and western regions have allowed rescue workers to haul food and other supplies to thousands of people left homeless by the rains.
In India (search), a total of 158 people have died in flooding since the beginning of June, including at least 58 in the worst-hit Bihar state, 45 in Kerala state, 35 in Assam, 17 in Uttar Pradesh and three in Tripura, government officials said.
In northeastern Assam state, more than 2 million people were living in tents on highways and river embankments after devastating floods in the past week submerged their homes, police said.
Nearly 11,000 houses across the state have been washed away while an estimated 400,000 other homes have been damaged, Assam state's top elected official, Tarun Gogoi, told The Associated Press.
The army was using boats and helicopters to rescue thousands of marooned villagers in many of the state's 18 districts, officials said.
In Bihar, authorities reported another seven deaths in monsoon floods on Monday, raising the total death toll to 58.
All of the region's major rivers were rising, including the Ganges, Sone, Ghaghra, Gandak, Bagmati and Kosi, the federal government's Central Water Commission said in a statement.