Floods and landslides kill nearly 100 people
Monsoon rains wrecked havoc across the country this week. The heavy rains caused massive floods in the Tarai while it triggered landslides in the hills. Both landslides and floods caused immense damages to life and property across the country. Death toll from the flash floods and landslides triggered by the incessant monsoon rains reached 91 as of Monday night. According to Home Ministry 27 districts of the country were hit hardest by the floods and landslides. Nearly 22,000 families were displaced by the floods in different districts of the country. Likewise, as many as 60 people went missing and 25 injured in the natural calamities that lasted for three days from Friday. According to the latest updates of the Nepal Police, at least 2,847 houses were damaged and 48,316 houses submerged in the flood water. Scores of animals, both domesticated and wild, perished when almost 80 per cent land in the Terai submerged into flood water. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba inspected the flood hit areas in eastern Nepal on Monday while Home Minister Janardan Sharma inspected a few districts of western Nepal on Sunday. Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force personnel carried rescue, search and relief distribution works in the affected areas. Hundreds of people stranded in the floods were shifted to safer places. However, bad weather and damages caused to roads affected the relief distribution works. Likewise, the family members were forced to float the bodies of deceased on the rivers instead of burying or cremating them as the entire Tarai remained inundated for three days. This was the biggest damages caused by heavy rains in the Tarai in 24 years. Earlier, the Tarai faced similar damages in July 1993. Several major highways, notably the East West highway, and inner roads linking villages were swept away or damaged by the flood waters and landslides whereas the Province 1 had no power supply for days. The health authorities have warned of outbreak of diseases in the flood hit areas. The health ministry has dispatched four teams in the flood hit areas, Likewise, lawmakers of the ruling Nepali Congress and CPn-Maoist Centre have announced to provide the salary of a month to the victims. However, the leaders of the RJP-N, who have been claiming that they were fighting for the rights of the Madhesi people have not uttered a single word in favour of the victims. Instead they are busy bargaining for power in Kathmandu.