More than 250 rescue workers attempt to save an estimated 40 others whose homes fell apart while they slept

Flood havoc

Seasonal floods triggered by monsoon gales in Malaysia killed more than 20 people and forced 20,000 out of their homes, AFP reports from Kuala Lumpur. The north-eastern state of Kelantan was the worst hit, with at least 11 people killed and more than 14,000 evacuated.

FASHION / August

August is always a wicked month for fashion. And this summer the fashion for non-fashion means that the most au-courant are wearing clothes that, for once, ordinary people also wear (and don't think of as fashion). The message, so far as it goes, has been one of ethnic mix - the last vestiges of grunge played out in a meeting of the second-hand with the exotic and the chain-store. So devore velvet from Jasper Conran meets French Connection; Idonesian batik meets Monsoon; the best of the cheap separates labels mixed with something a little more exquisite. Flip- flops, those summer staples, are the fashionable footwear of choice. But things won't be relaxed for much longer. It's almost autumn, and change is in the air.

Floods ebb

The worst appears to be over in floods which have savaged Nepal, Bangladesh and north India, killing more than 4,000 people, Reuter reports from Kathmandu.

Asian monsoon floods claim thousands of lives

FLOODS which ravaged India, Nepal and Bangladesh over the past few weeks have claimed more than 4,200 lives and left millions homeless. Officials expect the death toll to rise even higher as epidemics spread among refugees, marooned without food and medicine, are forced to drink water polluted by corpses and rotting animal carcasses.

Death toll from floods caused by Monsoon downpours soar

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Monsoon downpours showed no signs of abating yesterday as the death toll from floods and landslides caused by the heavy rains soared to nearly 1,700 in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Nepal was the worst hit with an estimated 800 killed. In India, 650 people are reported dead and in Bangladesh, 250. Seven Chinese labourers and 50 local Nepalese labourers were swept to their deaths as they tried to divert the Narayani River.

Asian flood toll put at 1,000

Flooding caused by one of the heaviest monsoons in years has left up to 1,000 people dead in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, tens of thousands more homeless and huge swaths of farmland under water, AFP reports from New Delhi.

Hundreds die in Indian monsoon

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Monsoon floods spread across new areas of India, bringing the death toll to 424 yesterday.

Wettest place in the world fears a shortage of water: Rain falls only in bucketfuls for the Khasi people of north-east India, writes Tim McGirk in Cherrapunji

IN Cherrapunji, once the wettest spot on earth where an average of 444 1/2 inches of rain sloshed down in a year, the tribesmen are now beginning to worry about a drought.

Out of India: Only a monsoon can quench the mind-frying heat

NEW DELHI - Michael Fish and a few BBC weather people have been appearing on Asian satellite television lately. From my days in London, I remember them all as glum-faced miniaturists, affixing a velcro rain cloud on to a Welsh mountain ridge or sliding a cirrus over a barleyfield in Yorkshire. Often they were wrong, but they were always so gloriously precise.

Voters brave the weather and Khmer Rouge: Third of electorate turns out on first of six days of polling despite guerrilla threats

PHNOM PENH (Agencies) - Defying threats by Khmer Rouge guerrillas and monsoon rains, more than 1.5 million Cambodians jammed polling stations yesterday to vote in the country's first democratic elections in 42 years.

Architecture: After the monsoons: the resurrection of St Martin's: A great church in India has been rescued from rain and rats after an appeal in the Independent

A YEAR AGO we asked readers to contribute to an appeal for St Martin's, the former garrison church of the British military in New Delhi. St Martin's is not only the most impressive building owned by the Church of North India, but one of the finest British-designed buildings of the 20th century, writes Jonathan Glancey.

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