Floods, landslides claim 30 lives in Nepal

13 August, 2017, 17:41 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Rural regions were completely cut off by floods and landslides with communications taken out too

The Ministry also stated that personnel of the Nepalese Army, Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force, trained security persons and other human resources have been mobilized under the leadership of the local administrations for carrying out search and rescue in the flood affected and inundated areas.

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.

The Red Cross estimated a higher death toll of 53, with dozens more missing and injured and thousands of homes destroyed. He said rescue effects in flood and landslides-affected districts and places were hindered by adverse weather conditions.

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

A hotel owner said they used elephants to transport tourists to the nearest open highway and airport to help them return to the capital Kathmandu.

Narayan Prasad Bhatta, the chief district officer of Chitwan district, said: "We are mobilising all the resources we have to ensure that everyone is safe".

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Hundreds of houses have been submerged in Morang.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed his condolences and urged people to remain.

The latest casualties bring the death toll from this year's monsoon season to more than 100, government records show.

The DHM has also forecast heavy rains in western Nepal, where floods have already swept away three concrete bridges.

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