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Published on : Thursday, July 28, 2016
Heavy rains in Nepal, over the past few days has triggered floods and landslides. At least 64 people have been killed and several others missing, as the floods and landslides have created a havoc in the area. This has also displaced thousands of people.
The Western, Mid-Western and Central regions of Nepal have been affected by the floods.
The number of those killed in the flood and landslide across Nepal has climbed to 64 after recovery of 10 more bodies in Pyuthan district of western Nepal, police said.
Pyuthan is among the 14 worst-hit districts where at least 36 people have died in floods and landslides.
Scores of houses and bridges have been swept away in several parts of the country as incessant rains have swelled rivers, posing a threat of massive flooding and causing panic among the local population.
The UN in Nepal reported that between 12 and 27 July, 7,983 families have been affected by floods and landslides, of which 5,376 families have been displaced. As many as 374 houses have been reported as destroyed and 561 partially destroyed.
Tens of thousands of Nepalese are still living in tents following the last year’s devastating earthquakes that killed nearly 9,000 people.The people who are still living in makeshift tents and houses are among the worst affected. They have been displaced and hundreds of houses have been waterlogged after floodwaters gushed into their settlements.
Water levels were close to dangerous levels in Saptakoshi and Narayani rivers.
Water flow in the Saptakoshi river has crossed this year’s highest mark after continuous rainfall for the past 10 days.
The sluice gates in the Gandak Barrage have been opened after the water level in Narayani river crossed the danger mark.
A swollen Tinau river destroyed a suspension bridge at Butwal-13. Around 6,000 people are at risk.
The government has launched rescue and relief operations in 14 of Nepal’s 75 districts that have been affected by the floods.
Soldiers and volunteers used rubber boats to rescue people marooned by the flooding, while helicopters are being used to drop food supplies.
Nepal’s Meteorological Forecasting Division have forecast light to moderate rain likely to occur at some places of the eastern and western regions and brief rain likely to occur at some places of the central region.
The picture has been taken from AFP.