Floods kill at least 178 people across India

New Delhi CNN  — 

At least 48 people have been killed in recent days by severe flooding in eastern India that was set off by heavy rains, authorities said Monday.

The floods have affected an estimated 3.9 million people in the state of West Bengal, and the situation remains grim in many areas, said Javed Ahmed Khan, the state’s disaster management minister.

In western states, 71 people have been killed in Gujarat, and 38 have died in Rajasthan, Dhatwalia said. In West Bengal, an eastern state that borders Bangladesh, 69 deaths have been reported, he said.

On Monday, an official in West Bengal told CNN that hundreds of thousands of people had been moved to relief camps.

Water from overflowing river dams is exacerbating the crisis, said Javed Ahmed Khan, the state’s disaster management minister.

“We are still struggling to control the situation,” he told CNN.

In Myanmar, another country in the region, heavy monsoon rains in the past month have left at least 47 people dead and displaced more than 150,000 others.