180 dead as floods wash away homes in Nepal, India

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180 dead as floods wash away homes in Nepal, India
In this photograph taken on August 16, 2014, Nepalese villagers walk through floodwaters in Banke District some 351kms (218 miles) west of Kathmandu. Rescuers in Nepal struggled to recover bodies and evacuate thousands after monsoon rains swept away houses, killing at least 85 people and sparking fears of a cholera outbreak, officials said. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
A cloud of dust rises as loose earth moves down a slope at the site of a landslide in Sindhupalchowk area, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said. (AP Photo/Dinesh Gole)
Evacuated villagers from flood-threatened villages along the Kosi river wait at a relief camp in Birpur near the Indo-Nepal border in Supaul district of Bihar state, about 360 kms from state capital Patna on August 3, 2014. India's eastern state of Bihar evacuated more than 20,000 people fearing flash floods after debris from a deadly landslide in neighbouring Nepal blocked a major river, raising water levels. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) jawans transport evacuated villagers from flood-threatened Nauabakher village to a relief camp in Supaul district of Bihar state, about 360 kms from state capital Patna on August 3, 2014. India's eastern state of Bihar evacuated more than 20,000 people fearing flash floods after debris from a deadly landslide in neighbouring Nepal blocked a major river, raising water levels. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
In this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 photo, Nepalese villagers carry their belongings while wading through a flooded street to move to safer ground, at Bardia, in western Nepal. Nepalese authorities on Monday feared an outbreak of diseases as they attempted to reach thousands of people stranded by flooding that has already killed over a hundred people and left more than 136 missing. (AP Photo/Bhabuk Yogi)
Nepalese rescuers search for bodies of victims of Saturday's landslide as a damaged school bus lies on left, in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepalese relatives of those missing in Saturday's landslide wail as they sit outside a shop as rescuers search for bodies in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
A Nepalese villager walks past a damaged truck carrying material scavenged from the debris of Saturday's landslide in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepalese villagers carry a piece of cot they scavenged from amid the debris of Saturday's landslide in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepalese rescuers walk past dead bodies of victims of Saturday's landslide in Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. Nepalese authorities said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
People stand at the banks of the River Sunkoshi near the site of a massive landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Rescue workers in eastern India urgently evacuated tens of thousands of people on Monday after a deadly landslide in neighboring Nepal blocked a river that could burst its banks and submerge scores of Indian villages. Authorities in Nepal said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees in Saturday's landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
A Nepalese boy waits for news of his missing family near a damaged building as rescuers conduct search operation after a landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Rescue workers in eastern India urgently evacuated tens of thousands of people on Monday after a deadly landslide in neighboring Nepal blocked a river that could burst its banks and submerge scores of Indian villages. Authorities in Nepal said there is no hope that more than 150 missing people are still alive after being buried by piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees in Saturday's landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
A Nepalese soldier walks by a bus damaged and stuck in the mud during a massive landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Police and army rescuers helped by villagers resumed their search for victims through piles of rock, mud and upturned trees Monday, two days after the landslide crushed dozens of houses in the village. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepalese soldiers carry a dead body through the mud and debris after a landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Police and army rescuers helped by villagers resumed their search for victims through piles of rock, mud and upturned trees Monday, two days after the landslide crushed dozens of houses in the village. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
A notebook lies among debris on the ground in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Police and army rescuers helped by villagers resumed their search for victims through piles of rock, mud and upturned trees Monday, two days after the landslide crushed dozens of houses in the village. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepalese soldiers carry the body of a woman that was found dead at the site of a landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Police and army rescuers helped by villagers resumed their search for victims through piles of rock, mud and upturned trees Monday, two days after the landslide crushed dozens of houses in the village. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepalese men walk on mud at the site of a massive landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Police and army rescuers helped by villagers resumed their search for victims through piles of rock, mud and upturned trees Monday, two days after the landslide crushed dozens of houses in the village. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Relatives of a victim of a landslide wail at the site in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. An army of 700 police and soldiers dug through piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees Monday using their hands, shovels and an excavator searching for more than 150 people who were believed crushed by weekend landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Local people watch an truck which was overturned by a landslide in Mankha village, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. An army of 700 police and soldiers dug through piles of rocks, mud and upturned trees Monday using their hands, shovels and an excavator searching for more than 150 people who were believed crushed by weekend landslide. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
A Nepalese Army helicopter flies over the site of a landslide during a rescue operation in Sindhupalchowk area, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said. (AP Photo/Dinesh Gole)
The scene after a massive landslide in village Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Aug.3, 2014. Nepalese officials say there is no chance of finding any of the more than 150 people, who are believed to have been buried by the early Saturday landslide in northern Nepal. (AP Photo/Arpan Shrestha)
Nepalese soldiers search for bodies of victims beneath the debris after a massive landslide in village Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Aug.3, 2014. Nepalese officials say there is no chance of finding any of the more than 150 people, who are believed to have been buried by the early Saturday landslide in northern Nepal. (AP Photo/Arpan Shrestha)
Indian villagers living along the Kosi River close to the Nepal border walk with their cattle as they move to safer places at Birpur in Supaul disrict of Bihar state, India, Sunday, Aug.3, 2014. A massive landslide in northern Nepal, early Saturday blocked a mountain river, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages. Because of the risk of flash floods coming from Nepal, thousands of villagers have been evacuated in neighboring India's Bihar state. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
Indian villagers who left their homes along the Kosi River looking for safer places rest at a way side relief camp at Birpur in Supaul disrict of Bihar state, India, Sunday, Aug.3, 2014. A massive landslide in northern Nepal, early Saturday blocked a mountain river, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages. Because of the risk of flash floods coming from Nepal, thousands of villagers have been evacuated in neighboring India's Bihar state. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
Nepalese soldiers search for bodies of victims beneath the debris after a massive landslide in village Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Aug.3, 2014. Nepalese officials say there is no chance of finding any of the more than 150 people, who are believed to have been buried by the early Saturday landslide in northern Nepal. (AP Photo/Arpan Shrestha)
Indian villagers living along the Kosi River close to the Nepal border walk with their cattle as they move to safer places at Birpur in Supaul disrict of Bihar state, India, Sunday, Aug.3, 2014. A massive landslide in northern Nepal, early Saturday blocked a mountain river, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages. Because of the risk of flash floods coming from Nepal, thousands of villagers have been evacuated in neighboring India's Bihar state. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
Indian villagers living along the Kosi River close to the Nepal border sit in a tractor as they move to safer places at Birpur in Supaul disrict of Bihar state, India, Sunday, Aug.3, 2014. A massive landslide in northern Nepal, early Saturday blocked a mountain river, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages. Because of the risk of flash floods coming from Nepal, thousands of villagers have been evacuated in neighboring India's Bihar state. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
Indian rescuers move villagers living along the Kosi River to safer places in Supaul disrict of Bihar state, India, Sunday, Aug.3, 2014. A massive landslide in northern Nepal, early Saturday blocked a mountain river, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages. Because of the risk of flash floods coming from Nepal, thousands of villagers have been evacuated in neighboring India's Bihar state. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
Damaged vehicles lie among the debris after a massive landslide in village Mankha, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Aug.3, 2014. Nepalese officials say there is no chance of finding any of the more than 150 people, who are believed to have been buried by the early Saturday landslide in northern Nepal. (AP Photo/Arpan Shrestha)
Nepalese security personnel gather for rescue work at the site of a landslide in Sindhupalchowk area, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said. (AP Photo/Dinesh Gole)
Nepalese men walk on mud and slush as they search for survivors at the site of a landslide in Sindhupalchowk area, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said. (AP Photo/Dinesh Gole)
A landslide victim waits to receive treatment at a hospital in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
A Nepalese woman cries as a relative injured in a landslide is treated at a hospital in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
A landslide victim waits for treatment at a hospital in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
A landslide victim waits for treatment at a hospital in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Landslide victims wait for treatment at a hospital in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Doctors inspect x-rays of landslide victims at a hospital in Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - The death toll from three days of flooding and torrential rain in Nepal and India rose to more than 180 people Monday, as relief teams sent food, tents and medicine to prevent any outbreaks of disease.

The worst-hit areas were in western Nepal and northern India, where swirling floodwaters submerged hundreds of villages and swept away homes made of mud and straw.

Four helicopters with relief supplies and medical workers were sent to cut-off villages in western Nepal, said Jhanka Nath Dhakal of the National Emergency Operation Center. Most roads into the area are submerged or damaged by flooding, preventing vehicles from passing.

Thousands of people are without shelter in 10 flooded districts, and local officials on Monday distributed rice and lentils and cooking pots to people who lost their homes. The area is mainly farmland where the poor live in mud and straw huts that wash away easily.

At least 100 people have died in Nepal and 84 in neighboring India since Thursday due to torrential rains, authorities said.

The situation in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh worsened after dams were opened in Nepal, said Alok Ranjan, a top official in Uttar Pradesh. Along with incessant rain, the rising waters caused several rivers to breach their banks, he said.

Officials in the state reported 10 more deaths overnight, pushing its toll to 34 over the past three days.

Also in northern India, at least 50 people have died in Uttarakhand state, many of them washed away as rivers overflowed, submerging villages and fields.

People in the worst-affected villages were being evacuated to relief camps set up in government and school buildings, Ranjan said.

State authorities said paramilitary soldiers in about 400 boats were helping to evacuate people from their homes after entire villages were marooned in northern Uttar Pradesh.

Vinod Kumar, a resident of Karonda village in Uttar Pradesh, said flood waters moved in so swiftly that they barely were able to escape.

"Late Friday we saw the water level of the Saryu River rising and by Saturday it had inundated our homes. We left the house with whatever we could manage," Kumar said.

Schools and government buildings were hastily turned into makeshift relief camps, and officials were struggling to provide food and other necessities to thousands of people in the camps, said an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

In the remote northeastern Indian state of Assam, flood waters submerged large swathes of Kaziranga National Park, a wildlife reserve, forcing animals to cross a highway to escape to higher ground, said M.K. Yadava, the park's director.

The Kaziranga reserve is home to more than 2,500 of the 3,000 one-horn rhinos left in the wild.

"Some parts of the park are under five feet of flood water from the Brahmaputra River which flows along one side of the park," Yadava said.

Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala appealed to domestic and foreign agencies to help flood victims. The main opposition party, the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, disrupted parliamentary proceedings and demanded that the government declare a national emergency.

Dhakal said the government was trying to send medical teams and supplies to prevent diseases such as cholera that can follow flooding. It was also distributing tents and plastic sheets to make temporary shelters, utensils to cook food, and clothes for those who lost their belongings.

The June-September monsoon season often brings flooding to Nepal and India. The rains caused a landslide earlier this month that covered an entire village near Katmandu, killing 156 people.

Last year, more than 6,000 people were killed as floods and landslides swept through Uttarakhand state during the monsoon season. Heavy deforestation over the last few decades has made the area more vulnerable to landslides.

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