Toddlers among dead as India hit by monsoon flooding

Hundreds have died across India in torrential rain floods and landslides since the onset of the wet season in April

Floods and landslides in South Asia have killed more than 1,200 people and affected living conditions for more than 41 million people this summer, United Nations estimates indicate.

Weather officials predict heavy seasonal monsoon rains in the city and its surroundings over the next 24 hours, following more than 100 mm (4 inches) of rain in Mumbai on Tuesday, and urged people to stay indoors.

In Nepal, thousands of homes have been destroyed and dozens of people swept away.

Tens of thousands of homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed by the monsoon rains, and the United Nations estimates that nearly 41 million people have been affected in the three countries. Modi pledged $78 million for relief efforts there, Al Jazeera reported. He promised assistance to the flood-hit areas and urged the insurance companies to conduct their assessment soon so that farmers could be relieved of crop losses.

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In Bangladesh, half of the country's 64 districts are flooded, but water is beginning to recede, PRI reported. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said floods have impacted over 7.4 million people in Bangladesh, where over 697,000 homes have been demolished.

"Right now the focus is not on rescue", said Matthew Marek, the head of disaster response in Bangladesh for the Red Cross.

According to global aid agencies, flooding has cut off thousands of villages, where people are suffering without clean water or food for days.

Over the weekend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew over to flood affected areas in Bihar, where around 500 people have died.

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