Floods and land­slides kill nearly 100 peo­ple

People's Review - - NEWS - By Our Re­porter

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.

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