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Over 16 million people impacted by monsoon flooding in Asia

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Staff Writer | August 22, 2017
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Weather   Weeks of heavy rainfall

The worst flooding in more than a decade across parts of Nepal, India and Bangladesh has impacted more than 16 million people.

More than 700 people have lost their lives across the three countries since the beginning of the monsoon season on June 1, according to Channel News Asia.

While downpours have become more isolated from Nepal to Bangladesh, flooding is ongoing in these areas after weeks of heavy rainfall.

Flooding in Nepal claimed at least 135 lives while the death toll in Bangladesh has climbed to at least 115.

The death toll rose about 250 in eastern Indian state of Bihar this weekend, while large swaths of Assam remain underwater. This includes 80 percent of the Kaziranga National Park, home to the endangered one-horned rhino.

The park director, Satyendra Singh, said the flooding is the worst in three decades and has claimed the lives of at least 225 animals, including 15 of the rare rhinos.

In Nepal, a one-horned rhino was saved after being swept 42 km (26 miles) from the Chitwan National Park into northern India by flood waters, according to the BBC.

Four other Rhinos are still missing, and a fifth was found dead in the flood waters of the park.

While conditions are slowly improving across Nepal, northeastern India and Bangladesh, scattered monsoon downpours are expected this week which could result in additional isolated flooding.

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