Nepal | March 31, 2020

Death toll rises to 66, over 35 still missing in floods, landslides

THT Online

People struggling to walk through flooded roads in Birgunj Metropolis on Sunday, August 13, 2017. Photo: Ram Sarraf

KATHMANDU: At least 66 persons were killed and 35 were injured in the floods and landslides triggered by the torrential rainfall in various parts of the country in the last four days.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, at least 35 persons went missing in the incident so far.

The latest data released by the MoHA showed that one person was killed in Panchthar and Ilam each, five in Jhapa and Morang each and eight in Sunsari.

Similarly, four persons died in Sarlahi floods and landslides, nine in Rautahat, one in Mahottari and Dhanusha each, four in Sindhuli, Bara and Makawanpur each and two in Chitwan district.

Likewise, one person was killed in the flash floods and landslides in Palpa, Kapilvastu, Kalikot, Salyan and Kailali each, two in Bardiya, three in Dang and Surkhet each and four in Banke district.

Hundreds of families have been displaced after the floodwater gushed into the human settlement in most parts of Tarai region.

The Ministry also said that seven districts— Panchthar, Ilam, Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari and Siraha—  have been hit hard in the eastern region whereas 10 districts— Sarlahi, Rautahat, Mahottari, Dhanusha, Sindhuli, Bara, Parsa, Makawanpur, Chitwan and Lalitpur— were the most affected in the central region.

Similarly, Palpa, Nawalparasi and Kapilvastu were most affected by the floods and landslide in western region and Dang, Banke, Bardiya, Surkhet, Kalikot and Salyan were the most affected in the mid western region. Kailali district was hit hard in the far western region.

The government has mobilised Nepal Police, Nepali Army and APF personnel for rescue and recovery work.

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