Floods have forced millions of people from their homes across India, Nepal and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons have wreaked havoc over the region.
Assam and Bihar have been among the worst hit. Some 4.3 million people have been displaced from homes in Assam in the last 10 days due to rising waters across the rural northeastern region, according to a government release.
Television channels showed roads and rail lines submerged in Bihar, with people wading through chest-high waters, carrying their belongings on heads. Floods in South Asia cause mass displacement and deaths annually, and the death toll and damage from the monsoon season that has just begun, is likely to increase.
Floods in Nepal, India and Bangladesh during the 2017 monsoon had killed at least 800 people and destroyed food crops and homes. An impoverished province with rickety infrastructure and poor healthcare, Bihar has a history of flooding in its northern areas bordering Nepal.
Flood waters in Assam rose overnight with the Brahmaputra, which flows down from the Himalayas into Bangladesh, and its tributaries still in spate. Most of the Kaziranga National Park, home to the rare one-horned rhino, was underwater. 'The flood situation has turned very critical with 31 of the 32 districts affected,' said the Assam Chief Minister, Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal. 'We are working on a war footing to deal with the situation.'