Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Floods, landslides triggered by heavy rain kill 47 in Nepal

Floods, landslides triggered by heavy rain kill 47 in Nepal

A Home Ministry official said more than 5,000 people had been shifted from the affected areas.

At least 30 people have lost their lives and thousands displaced in different parts of Nepal as incessant rain that began on Friday continues on Sunday.

"Search and rescue works are underway but the water levels have not declined yet", said Shankar Hari Acharya, the leader of Nepal's national emergency center.

Nepalese Home Minister Janardan Sharma said that all the security agencies will be mobilised in an integrated manner for carrying out the rescue operations.

The Red Cross estimated 100,000 people were affected by the disaster, with one official describing how the storm had cut off communication and electricity, adding to the challenges in rescuing people and distributing aid.

There is criticism against India for not opening floodgates on the rivers on time, which has resulted in floods in southern Nepal, especially in the Terai region.

Efforts were also on to pack food items to be distributed to those affected by flooding and landslides, while helipads at Nepal Army's barracks have been kept ready for relief distribution.

28 persons have also been injured and 53 are missing.

Families perched on trees with young children overnight as floodwaters swept away homes in a village in southern district of Chitwan, local media reported.

Hundreds remain trapped in the most popular resorts.

"There isn't a house without water. In Surkhet district, we have evacuated about 200 people to shelters", the statement said. Biratnagar airport has been closed after flood water gushed into the airport area.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba addressed the nation on Saturday evening and announced relief to the victims.

The weather forecasting office says more rain is expected on Sunday throughout the country.

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