180 dead as floods wash away homes in Nepal, India

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This Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 aerial photo shows houses in a residential area partially submerged by monsoon floods at Nalanda district of Bihar, India. Rescue and relief operations continue in the state of Bihar after heavy rains caused landslides and floods in many parts of India.  (AP Photo/Press Trust of India) INDIA OUT

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from three days of flooding and torrential rain in Nepal and India rose to more than 180 people Monday, as relief teams sent food, tents and medicine to prevent any outbreaks of disease.

The worst-hit areas were in western Nepal and northern India, where swirling floodwaters submerged hundreds of villages and swept away homes made of mud and straw.

Four helicopters with relief supplies and medical workers were sent to cut-off villages in western Nepal, said Jhanka Nath Dhakal of the National Emergency Operation Center. Most roads into the area are submerged or damaged by flooding, preventing vehicles from passing.

Thousands of people are without shelter in 10 flooded districts, and local officials on Monday distributed rice and lentils and cooking pots to people who lost their homes. The area is mainly farmland where the poor live in mud and straw huts that wash away easily.

At least 100 people have died in Nepal and 84 in neighboring India since Thursday due to torrential rains, authorities said.

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