Nepal: Flood,landslide kill 49 people

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Torrential rain battered Nepal on Sunday, causing widespread flooding and landslides and raising the death toll from three days of severe weather to 49 people, according to officials.

"At least three elderly people went missing in flood at Sundar Haraincha in Morang district", Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson Joint Secretary Deepak Kafle was quoted as saying by the The Himalayan Times.

Highways were either damaged or inundated, disrupting transport, the police said.

The family was rushing towards the hospital at Rajpur in the India-bordering district after the pregnant woman complained of labour pain.

At least 30 people were killed and hundreds of others displaced in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in several districts across Nepal.

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The water level in many rivers has crossed the danger mark, with a threat to houses and livelihood.

Five thousand and six hundred trained personnel of the Nepal Police, one thousand 700 APF personnel, and 8,300 Nepalese Army personnel, as well as helicopters, have been mobilized for search and rescue operation, the Ministry has stated.

"The number of dead could increase as we are still compiling the final tally", said Laxmi Pun, an aide to Home Minister Janardan Sharma, told Reuters.

Nepal's Meteorology Department said precipitations reached 227 ml in some districts and announced that moderate to heavy rain was expected to continue in the centre of the country until Monday.

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