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Three killed as floods swamp India's financial hub Mumbai

31 August 2017

Tens of thousands of homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed by the monsoon rains, and the United Nations estimates that nearly 41 million people have been affected in the three countries.

Devastating seasonal monsoon rains, flooding and landslides in South Asia have killed more than 1,200 and affected almost 41 million across northern India, southern Nepal and northern Bangladesh. At least 1000 have been displaced due to the flood situation in South Asia.

Many recalled the 2005 floods in and around the city, which killed more than 500 people.

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The death toll is rising at a steady rate and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have raised concerns of diseases like dengue, malaria along with worries of food insecurity in the countries. In Uttar Pradesh, 2.5 million have been affected and 109 have died.

Some roads have been hit by waist-deep flooding.

When the Times asked Markus how the situation in Nepal compares to flooding in Houston, he said: "We hope people won't overlook the desperate needs of the people here because of the disasters closer home".

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A spell of incessant rain on Tuesday flooded several low-lying areas and paralysed train services in India's financial capital of Mumbai, officials said. Elephants were used to rescue people and bamboo boats and rafts were also used for disaster management.

Footage from one train station showed dozens of people standing on platforms as water gushed on to the tracks.

The floods, said to be the worst in 40 years in the region, have killed 140, destroying 700,000 homes.

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Three killed as floods swamp India's financial hub Mumbai