More than 200 people have been killed across India and Nepal due to the heavy rainfall and flooding resulting from a cyclone over the Bay of Bengal, authorities in the two countries said Friday.
Forty-one deaths were reported in Bihar and 20 in Odisha, India, while 31 people were killed in Nepal and 19 in Jharkhand, according to the National Disaster Management Authority in India.
The victims, mostly from Uttar Pradesh, the capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, were killed by collapsed houses, local television said.
In Nepal, Nepal Police said two women drowned when their house collapsed in Atamangura village, some 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Kathmandu. Six people died in separate floods in eastern Nepal and the northeast, according to witnesses and the government.
Cyclone Titli, which had maximum sustained winds of up to 190 kilometers (118 miles) per hour, made landfall near the southern cities of Maharshi Dayananda University and Murari Thukumbaksha University on June 8.
Citing government figures, Nepali Home Minister Atul Bhattarai said Thursday the island of Kailali in the Saptari district was put under a state of emergency, while 725,000 people have been evacuated to safer places.
Calls and texts to home ministry officials weren’t immediately answered.
The government said the damage and damage control following the cyclone were continuing along the peninsula with 18 blocks declared cyclone-affected.
India’s Home Ministry also said 800 people in need of evacuation have been shifted to shelters in Bihar.
More than 3 million people have been affected by Cyclone Titli, including at least 130,000 tourists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday.
According to an Indian government spokesman, 82,000 homes in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand have been damaged, half of them completely.
Some 6,000 people are being evacuated from the low-lying areas of Uttarakhand’s Gangotri district, which has witnessed an 18-foot (5-meter) rise in sea level, the spokesman said.
The Hindu Kush region along the India-Nepal border is frequently hit by cyclones. The Adyar region in the northeastern state of Manipur was hit by a cyclone in 2003, leaving more than 10,000 people dead.
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