Death toll in Nepal floods reaches 50

A man carries a child on his back as he wades across a flooded street following incessant rainfall, in Kathmandu. Photo: PTI

At least 50 people, including 18 women, were killed and 25 others injured in floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains in various parts of Nepal, police said. Twenty four people have been reported missing in the rain-related incidents that displaced settlements and disrupted vehicular traffic, the Himalayan Times reported on Sunday.

Heavy monsoon rains for the past few days have left many settlements at high risk of floods and landslides in several places in Nepal. Transportation has also been disrupted in all major highways. Rain-fed rivers have started to erode embankments, putting nearby settlements at high risk of flooding.

“The rain-triggered disasters have caused havoc across the country killing at least 28 persons,” the Nepal Police said in its news bulletin. At least 10 persons sustained injuries and 16 others went missing in various landslide and flood related incidents in the country since Friday (July 12), while a total of 50 persons were rescued, the bulletin said.

Deaths were reported from various districts, including Lalitpur, Kavre, Kotang, Bhojpur, and Makanpur. Meanwhile, human resources and equipment from police offices have been mobilised in the areas affected by the rain-triggered disasters.

“The works related to rescue operation have been intensified,” a senior Home Ministry official said. It is estimated that around 6,000 people have been badly affected by floodwaters that inundated their houses. People are obliged to stay in community buildings to save their life, My Republica reported.