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78 dead in Nepal as flooding wreaks havoc in South Asia

Monsoon flooding and landslides are continuing to cause havoc in South Asia, with the death toll rising to 78 in Nepal and authorities in neighboring northeastern India battling to provide relief to over 4 million people in the state of Assam.

Nepal's National Emergency Operation Center said Tuesday that more than 40,000 soldiers and police officers were using helicopters and land means to rush food, tents and medicine to thousands of people hit by annual flooding.

In Assam, officials said floodwaters have killed at least 19 people and brought misery to nearly 4.5 million others.

Flood affected villagers travel on a boat, as cattle stand in makeshift shelter on an embankment in Pabhokathi village east of Gauhati India, Monday, July 15, 2019. After causing flooding and landslides in Nepal, three rivers are overflowing in northeastern India and submerging parts of the region, affecting the lives of more than 2 million, officials said Monday.(AP PhotoAnupam Nath)

In Bangladesh, at least a dozen people, mostly farmers, have been killed by lightning since Saturday as monsoon rains battered parts of the low-lying country.

Indian flood affected women row makeshift banana rafts to collect drinking water in Pabhokathi village, east of Gauhati, Assam, India, Monday, July 15, 2019. After causing flooding and landslides in Nepal, three rivers are overflowing in northeastern India and submerging parts of the region, affecting the lives of more than 2 million, officials said Monday. (AP PhotoAnupam Nath)

An Indian flood affected woman carries her belongings on an embankment to take shelter in Pabhokathi village east of Gauhati India, Monday, July 15, 2019. After causing flooding and landslides in Nepal, three rivers are overflowing in northeastern India and submerging parts of the region, affecting the lives of more than 2 million, officials said Monday.(AP PhotoAnupam Nath)