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Monsoon Floods: Death Toll Rises to More than 660 in South Asia

Monsoon Floods: Death Toll Rises to More than 660 in South Asia

At least 666 people have been killed by flash floods, lightning and torrential rain caused by the monsoon in South Asia, officials say, as further rain is expected in the region through the week.

Millions have been affected in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, where landslides and other effects of the rain have forced thousands to flee their homes.

In India, at least 467 people have been killed in heavy rains since the start of July, AFP news agency reported, citing disaster management authorities, with several districts in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam cut off from aid.

In neighbouring Nepal, officials told Al Jazeera the death toll had risen to at least 95 on Tuesday, with 29 reported missing.

In Bangladesh, at least 78 have been killed and more than 120 are missing in the country's northern areas after rains and flooding throughout the month, according to government data.

Officials in Pakistan said rescue work was ongoing on Tuesday to find at least 21 people in the northern Neelum valley, located in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and that, so far, at least 26 people had been killed in the floods.