Nepal floods: Death toll touches 66, 35 missing

FILE A woman carrying a child walking through a flooded alley at Bagalamukhi Lalitpur on Friday
FILE A woman carrying a child walking through a flooded alley at Bagalamukhi Lalitpur on Friday
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15 August, 2017

Heavy monsoon rains caused flooding in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, which claimed the lives of over 165 people.

Hundreds of cities, towns and villages in 25 districts in Nepal's flatlands neighboring India have experienced flooding due to incessant rainfall, inundating 34,843 houses.

Dozens of Maldivian students have been affected by the flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in Nepal which have left more than 30 people dead in the past 24 hours.

Nepal's National News Agency reported Sunday that 600 tourists, including 400 foreigners, are trapped in the town of Sauraha in southwestern Nepal.

Chitwan's Chief District Officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta said four rubber rafts have been sought from the neighbouring Devghat administration to carry out rescue operations. The floods have created havoc in districts like Banke, Bardiya, Dhanusa, Saptari, Siraha, Sunsari and Morang.

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"The highways made by elevating the land next to the Nepal-India border have restricted the natural flow of water, leaving Nepal's Terai plains submerged during the rainy season", Shahi said.

Thirty-five people have been also missing since Friday.

The Nepali government said that it has intensified the rescue and relief efforts by mobilizing 26,700 human resources, seven helicopters of Nepal Army, six helicopters of the private sector, motor boats and rubber boats.

Weathermen have said the extreme rainfall, starting from eastern Nepal, witnessed in the last few days was caused by the formation of a low-pressure zone over the hills.


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