Over 200 people are reported to have died in floods and landslides in India and Nepal, with warnings of more heavy rain ahead in the region.

Iran PressAsia: Among the casualties so far, Nepal reported over 100 deaths, with at least 41 people still missing after the disaster struck over the week.

While the annual monsoon season spans from the end of June until September, this year's monsoon rains caught the Himalayan nation off guard.

Police in Nepal said rescuers were looking for at least 40 people who have been reported as missing, sparking fears that the death toll could rise.

A majority of the deaths occurred in the country’s eastern and western regions, which saw heavy rains this week, said police spokesperson Basanta Bahadur Kunwar.

Experts say both India and Nepal were victims of the ever-more unpredictable and extreme weather that has hit South Asia in recent years, due to climate change, deforestation, damming, and excessive development.


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