At least 160 killed after heavy monsoons cause landslides and flooding in southern Asia

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Heavy monsoon rains have caused landslides and floods that have killed at least 160 people and displaced millions of others across northern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh.

Officials said they are still trying to determine the scale of the disaster, with casualties and damage reported in multiple locations across the Himalayan foothills of South Asia.

Dozens of elephants and rafts were deployed to rescue nearly 500 people trapped in a resort in southern Nepal, officials say.

Several hotels in Sauraha, in Chitwan district, have been inundated, trapping the tourists, many of them foreigners. Elephants carried the the tourists to the nearest open road and airport.

Residents look out from their homes in a flooded area of Sauraha, Chitwan district (AFP/Getty Images)

The seasonal floodwaters damaged bridges, toppled power lines and washed away thousands of homes in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.

Officials say people have been killed by drowning or being caught inside collapsing houses or beneath falling trees.

In Nepal, police spokesman Pushkar Karki said rescuers were searching for 85 people reported missing after rivers burst their banks and killed at least 75.

The Red Cross says 100,000 people have been affected, with communications and electricity cut off in many areas.

Another 20 people died over the last few days in Bangladesh.

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