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53 killed, one lakh displaced in Nepal floods

13 August 2017, 06:25 | Taylor George

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

Almost 600 tourists, including 200 Indians, have been stranded in central Nepal's popular tourist district Chitwan due to flooding triggered by heavy rains that have claimed 49 lives, officials said today.

Almost 8300 police and army personnel have been deployed to carry out rescue and relief operations. Dozens more are missing or injured.

"Around 200 metres of national highway washed away with two buses and more than 50 feared buried", said Indian army spokesman Colonel Aman Anand, who was helping coordinate rescue efforts.

The Red Cross estimated 100,000 people were affected by the disaster, with one official describing how the storm had cut off communication and electricity, adding to the challenges in rescuing people and distributing aid supplies such as food and water to displaced people.

The Meteorological Forecasting Division has forecast moderate to heavy rains to continue across the country for the next few days. "We have more than 30 people confirmed dead".

Last weekend in the central lowlands, four girls from the same family drowned when they fell into a flooded roadside ditch.

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The floods and landslides have claimed at least 53 lives over the past three days, in the Terai region bordering India and other areas of Nepal, according to the Government of Nepal.

Around 600 tourists were stranded due to flooding in Sauraha in Chitwan.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, seven persons were killed in Sunsari district in southern Nepal.

Yesterday, Nepal Cabinet had held an emergency meeting during which Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had ordered the local district administrations to intensify the rescue and release activities.

Hundreds of houses have been submerged in Morang.



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