Monday, 21 August, 2017

At least 47 dead in Nepal flooding after days of downpours

Torrential rain in Nepal has claimed 30 lives and have left hundreds of homes inundated Torrential rain in Nepal has claimed 30 lives and have left hundreds of homes inundated
Erik Tate | 14 August, 2017, 01:07

With the death toll in flood-affected Nepal crossing 50, India on Sunday said that it was ready to support and cooperate its neighbour in all ways and means.

Hundreds of families have been displaced in the floods and landslides across the country.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has been asked to manage health workers with medicines in flood and landslide affected areas.

Monsoon floods and landslides have killed at least 94 people across Nepal but officials fear that figure could rise sharply as rescuers search for dozens believed lost under mud and in submerged villages.

In the popular jungle safari resort of Sauraha in Chitwan, hotels were forced to shift their guests to higher floors as waters rushed into the premises.

Police said floodwaters toppled telephone towers and power lines, cutting communications and electricity in many areas.

Cong approaches ECI, demands quashing of two MLAs' votes
The BJP leaders made a dash to the EC once again, claiming that the top Congress leaders were pressurising the poll authority. The 44 Congress MLAs remained holed up at the resort and celebrated Raksha Bandhan with their family members there.

Chief District Officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta said four rubber rafts have been sought from neighbouring Devghat to carry out relief operations.

Issuing a statement following an emergency meeting on Sunday, the human rights watchdog appealed the Nepal government, security agencies, national and global organizations to expedite the rescue and relief operation in flood and landslide affected settlements.

According to the ministry, some 35,843 houses have been inundated while 1,000 houses have been damaged in the low-lying areas known as Terai region of Nepal.

The weather forecasting office says more rain is expected on Sunday throughout the country. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba ordered district administrations to intensify rescue operations.

Every year, floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains cause numerous deaths in Nepal, where the monsoon season lasts from June to September.

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