Rajesh Kumar Singh  /  AP
Relief workers drop food packets from an Indian Air Force helicopter in the northern Indian state of Bihar on Sunday.
updated 8/13/2007 8:04:12 AM ET 2007-08-13T12:04:12

At least 34 more monsoon deaths were reported Monday in India, while a violent storm killed 22 people in Pakistan — part of a devastating monsoon season that has laid waste to much of South Asia in recent weeks, killing more than 2,000 people and displacing millions.

The United Nations warned that Bangladesh could face acute food shortages as the floods destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of crops.

In Pakistan, a wild storm triggered landslides and collapsed houses in a village, killing 22 people. Many were trapped inside collapsing buildings in Rano Mera, a village in the rugged Kohistan district.

Heavy rain triggered landslides in two other villages in Kohistan last month, killing 22 people.

Heavy monsoon rains and storms lashed many parts of Pakistan late Sunday and early Monday. In the capital, Islamabad, roads were cut by low-level flooding and falling tree branches.

In the northern Indian state of Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered government relief agencies to continue air drops of assistance to the worst-hit areas.

The decision was prompted by violent riots in the town of Sonebarsa, where police killed one person and wounded four after hundreds of people ransacked a local relief office to protest the lack of aid.

The government had earlier said it would end the air drops because land routes had been re-established to most of the flood-hit areas.

Meanwhile, the U.N. World Food Program chief in Bangladesh, Douglas Broderick, said he feared the country could face a food crisis.

"We are quite concerned over the significant damage to crops in the flood-affected areas," he told reporters late Sunday.

According to Bangladesh's government, this year's monsoon floods destroyed crops on more than 600,000 acres of land.

Broderick said the WFP initially planned to distribute 1,500-2,000 tons of rice among the victims, and that as "needs increase, we would also increase the distribution."

While most of the flood waters have subsided, thousands of people were still being treated across India and Bangladesh for diseases that affect people who drink from stagnant pools left behind by floodwaters, or from wells contaminated by waste that gets washed into them.

More than 43,000 people were being treated for diarrhea in Bangladesh, said government health adviser Matiur Rahman.

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