Floods, landslides claim 30 lives in Nepal

14 August, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Torrential rain in Nepal has claimed 30 lives and have left hundreds of homes inundated

Several highway bridges have collapsed and roads were blocked by landslides and floods, leaving thousands of travellers stranded, local media reported on Sunday.

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 on Sunday. "Hundreds of volunteers from Nepal Red Cross Society are working with local people, local security forces and emergency teams to rescue people and evacuate them to safety", said Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, Secretary General, Nepal Red Cross Society.

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

"Twenty-two additional people died Sunday", Krishna Bahadur Raut, chief of the ministry's National Emergency Operation Center, told Kyodo News.

Numerous people being rescued from the hotels are tourists.

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Army and police personnel continued search and rescue operations, with more than 34,000 houses submerged, the official added.

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. Many roads are submerged or covered by debris from landslides, providing further challenges to rescue efforts. Hundreds of tourists remain trapped in the hotels.

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 rain is expected to continue in the coming days according to the Nepal Meteorological Forecasting Division, raising fears that the rivers will threaten to wash more villages away.

Landslides and flooding are common in the Himalayan region during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September.

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