At least 25 dead in Nepal land­slides, floods

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Kathmandu, Nepal - Floods and land­slides caused by tor­ren­tial mon­soon rains have killed at least 25 peo­ple in the last two days across Nepal, of­fi­cials said on Satur­day.

Heavy rains have hit more than a dozen dis­tricts in the country’s far east­ern re­gion as well as some ar­eas in the west since Fri­day morn­ing, the home min­istry said.

Flood­ing has oc­curred across the densely pop­u­lated low­lands that bor­der In­dia, while some re­mote dis­tricts in the hilly ar­eas of the far east have been hit by land­slides trig­gered by the mon­soon rains.

“We are still col­lect­ing the de­tails of the loss. Ac­cord­ing to the pre­lim­i­nary re­ports to the min­istry over 25 peo­ple are feared dead,” Home Min­istry spokesman Deepak Kafle said.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice is­sued a state­ment putting the death toll at more than two dozen since Fri­day.

Thir­teen peo­ple died in east­ern dis­tricts and at least four oth­ers are miss­ing, the head of the re­gion’s po­lice Ramesh Bhat­tarai said.

Tele­phone and elec­tric­ity lines have also been af­fected by the heavy down­pour mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to con­firm the full ex­tent of the dam­age in re­mote ar­eas, the po­lice chief added.

Roads across the south­ern plains have been blocked by the rains and three high­way bridges col­lapsed in western Banke dis- trict, Home Min­is­ter Ja­nar­dan Sharma said at a press con­fer­ence.

Im­ages on so­cial me­dia showed the run­way at Bi­rat­na­gar air­port in east­ern Mo­rang dis­trict sub­merged in a me­tre of wa­ter with an empty plane stranded on the tar­mac.

Chief of Mo­rang dis­trict po­lice Arun B C said that air­port had been shut due to the flood­ing.

The most re­cent deaths bring the to­tal death toll from this year’s mon­soon to over 90, ac­cord­ing to govern­ment fig­ures. Nearly 100 peo­ple died last year in Nepal dur­ing the rainy sea­son, which typ­i­cally be­gins in late June and lasts until the end of Au­gust.

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

An­other girl died and one was in­jured when they fell in open drains that had been sub­merged by mon­soon flood­ing in the Kathmandu Val­ley last month.

Footage shot by a by­stander shows one of the girls ten­ta­tively nav­i­gat­ing a flooded road, be­fore sud­denly dis­ap­pear­ing into the brown muddy wa­ter. A few sec­onds later she ap­pears out of an­other drain about 10m away.

The most re­cent deaths bring the to­tal death toll from this year’s mon­soon to over 90

Govt fig­ures

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