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Monsoon floods rip through Nepal, Bangladesh and north-eastern India

Dozens of people have been killed as monsoon floods rip through Nepal, Bangladesh and north-eastern India. At least 65 people have lost their lives in Nepal as torrential rains hit the region, police said on Monday. Thirty people are reported missing amid floods and landslides, while 38 have been injured.

Millions of people have been affected by rising floodwaters across the region as part of the seasonal monsoon. Heavy rains are expected to continue in the coming days. Police have rescued more than 1,400 people from across Nepal since the deluge started there on Thursday, affecting more than 10,000 households.

The Brahmaputra River, which flows through India, Bangladesh and China, has burst its banks, swamping more than 1,800 villages in India's north-east Assam state. At least 1.5 million people have been displaced and 10 have died there.

Food supply situation
Following the monsoon-induced floods and landslides in major vegetable producing areas, fresh vegetables are becoming scarcer in the Kathmandu Valley, causing prices to soar over the weekend.

Vegetable traders said average wholesale prices had jumped 20 percent, and may continue to rise if supply did not improve immediately. A deluge in different parts of the Tarai plains, the country's largest vegetable producing region, wiped out crops, traders said.

In the hilly districts surrounding the Kathmandu Valley, landslides and incessant rain have hit vegetables in the fields. Traders said that damage to highways and bridges could also affect supplies for a few more days.

Officials at the Kalimati and Balkhu markets, two major vegetable and fruit bazaars in the valley, told the Post that deliveries of fresh vegetables had shrunk by more than half in the last two days.

Vegetable prices soar in Kerala
Vegetable prices have touched a new high in the capital. Tomatoes, shallots, garlic, beans and ginger have seen a considerable hike in rates during the past two weeks.

A major reason is poor production owing to the bad weather in Tamil Nadu and tin the state. "Against an order for 30 sacks, we get only around 10 these days,” a retailer in the Palayam market told The price of tomatoes saw a threefold rise during the past couple of weeks.  Ginger sales appear to be in jeopardy due to sudden hikes in price as well. Fruit prices have also increased due to their scarcity during the off-season.




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