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Death toll from Nepal, Bangladesh floods jumps over 167

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Reuters Dhaka, Bangladesh Jul 22, 2019, 05.15 PM (IST)

The death toll from severe flooding in parts of Nepal and Bangladesh rose to more than 167 on Monday, even as heavy rains are starting to ebb and water levels started to recede in some of the worst-affected areas.

Torrential rains in Bangladesh killed more than 47 people in the last two weeks and at least 120 are missing and feared dead following severe floods and landslides in mostly mountainous Nepal, authorities from the two countries said.

Parts of Pakistan have also been flooded.

In Bangladesh, at least 700,000 people have been displaced.

Deaths due to flooding in the region more than doubled in the last five days.

At least five districts in central Bangladesh are at the risk of being flooded, as water levels of two rivers are still rising, an official at the Bangladesh Water Development Board told Reuters.

Watch: Monsoon floods and landslide continue in Bangladesh

Authorities are struggling to deliver relief supplies to marooned people.

"We have enough relief materials but the main problem is to reach out to the people," Foyez Ahmed, deputy commissioner of Bangladesh's Bogra district, said. "We don't have adequate transport facilities to move to the areas that are deep underwater."

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Torrential rains in Bangladesh killed more than 47 people in the last two weeks and at least 120 are missing and feared dead following severe floods and landslides in mostly mountainous Nepal.