South Asia monsoon floods claim lives, destroys homes

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A relentless monsoon season has claimed an estimated 100 lives in Nepal and India while displacing more than 1.2 million people, according to government estimates. Water-induced landslides crushed buildings and caused many of the deaths.

In one area of Nepal, rescuers were pulling bodies out of the debris and immediately handing those bodies to their families, according to the Kathmandu Times. However, authorities must conduct post-mortem reports before those families can perform final rites.

The state of Assam in northeast India received the most damage from floods, affecting the Kaziranga National Park and Manas National Park, which contributes to the state’s wildlife tourism. The region is one of the last wild habitats for the Asian elephant.

Gospel for Asia dispatched its Asia-supported Compassion Service Teams to Assam to distribute relief supplies to an estimated 1,000 families. The relief teams provided items such as rice, sugar, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as 1,000 mosquito nets.

Pray for the countries of Nepal and India as residents there recover from this year’s monsoon rains.

BBC: Over 100 dead in South Asia monsoon flooding

The Weather Channel: India Monsoon Flooding Kills 7, Displaces 1.2 Million

Kathmandu Post: Monsoon Wreaks Havoc; Flood Landslide Death Toll Rises

GFA: Supplies Distributed to 1,800 Flood-affected Families, More Relief on the Way