Toddlers among dead as India hit by monsoon flooding

As Storm Harvey dominates headlines floods are devastating South Asia

Boys sail past an almost fully-submerged house as floods hit South Asia

Floods in 2005 killed more than 500 people in the city.

Army troops have been helping to evacuate people marooned on rooftops or trees, while air force helicopters dropped packets of food, drinking water and medicines to those camping on higher ground, mostly along highways. The IFRC said landslides in Nepal had killed more than 100 people. "Many flood survivors have lost everything: their homes, their possessions, their crops", representative Christa Räder said.

At least 15 people are reported to have died, including six members of the same family whose van was swept away by rising floodwater, and a man in his 60s who apparently drowned while trying to swim to safety.

He told Crux dozens of people visited the facility.

While the devastation of flooding in and around Houston continues, a different kind of flooding is taking place in Asia. The challenges are different, Jono Anzalone, the vice president of global services at the American Red Cross, told NPR.

Nearly a third of Bangladesh's terrain has been submerged by floods. "For better or for worse, when people look at the USA response system, we have a very mature federal disaster response system". Most recorded deaths were in India, but many also died in neighboring Bangladesh and Nepal. "In Nepal and Bangladesh, the government simply doesn't have the resources".

But over the weekend, relentless rain began falling on Mumbai, on India's western coast. Several villages in the east Indian state of Bihar are still inundated, with people living in makeshift shelters for days amid widespread heavy damage to farmland.

"Thousands waded through waist-deep water to reach home", Reuters reported on Tuesday. The majority of deaths occurred in shanty town slums, home to more than half of Mumbai's population.

The city is vulnerable to storms since buildings have been constructed on coastal areas and flood plains, and waterways and storm drains are often blocked by plastic garbage.

There is flooding in a major public hospital, the Times of India reports.

Back in Mumbai, the roads are now clear.

Five people died in Mumbai after floods struck yesterday, briefly shutting commuter rail networks and forcing the closure of schools and offices.

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