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    Heavy rain triggers deadly flooding in northeastern India, Nepal and Bangladesh

    By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
    By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
    August 17, 2017, 9:58:43 AM EDT

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    Severe flooding has killed nearly 300 people since last week across northeastern India, Nepal and Bangladesh, according to the Associated Press. Downpours will continue into this weekend.

    Frequent downpours will continue to target communities across Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradresh into this weekend. Eastern Nepal will also endure additional downpours.

    At least 115 people have been killed in Nepal as a result of flooding, according to police spokesman Pushkar Karki.

    More than one-third of Nepal's 75 districts have reported flooding or mudslides from the recent heavy rainfall.

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    Nepalese men carry children on their shoulders as they wade through flood waters in village Ramgadhwa in Birgunj, Nepal, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Manish Paudel)

    Earlier this week, tourists were stranded near Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal, forcing elephants to be used for water rescues.

    The hardest-hit areas of Nepal and northeastern India could receive 150 mm (6 inches) of additional rainfall through this weekend.

    The flooding has also decimated crops across Nepal, prompting fears of food shortages to follow the deadly flooding.

    An official in Nepal said torrential rain, landslides and flooding since late last week has inundated 60,000 homes and damaged roads and bridges across the Himalayan country.

    The damage to roadways and communication has made recovery efforts and distribution of aid difficult.

    Flooding has also been devastating across northeastern India, including Assam, where at least 18 people lost their lives in the flooding since late last week.

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    Villagers wade through a flooded area in Murkata village east of Gauhati, India, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    The floodwaters have damaged bridges, downed power lines and washed away thousands of homes. Officials said at least 2.5 million people have been affected, including some 200,000 now staying in more than 250 relief camps, according to the Associated Press.

    Residents should prepare for additional evacuations due to rapidly rising water and rivers overflowing their banks. Raging waterways or mudslides may also damage roads and bridges.

    The government has warned of unprecedented river flooding along parts of the River Brahmaputra and its tributaries through Aug. 20.

    Around 90 percent of the Kaziranga National Park in Assam has been flooded. This park is home to the world’s largest one-horned rhinoceros population.

    In the state of Bihar, 56 people have been killed since the weekend and another 6 million have been impacted by flooding according to Anirudh Kumar of the state Disaster Management Department.

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    Farther west, a massive landslide claimed the lives of 46 people in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.

    In Bangladesh, at least 39 people died since Saturday, while 600,000 have been impacted by the heavy downpours and swollen rivers.

    Elsewhere across India, a monsoon low tracking from near Kolkata to north of Mumbai through this weekend will bring localized flooding for Odisha and southern Chhattisgarh.

    "Rainfall amounts will generally range between 75 to 125 mm (3 to 5 inches) for most but some locations can receive upwards of 200 mm (8 inches) of rainfall through Sunday night," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said.

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    The areas hit with the heaviest rain earlier this week will experience some relief over the next couple of days as the monsoon low moves westward.

    However, isolated downpours will continue to target the region and may trigger new flooding or worsen existing problems in some communities.

    "Looking beyond this week, there are signs that point to more normal monsoon rain across northwestern and central India in late August and early September," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

    This could bring some relief from the persistent rain across northeastern India and neighboring countries.

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