Nepal | November 14, 2019

Flood, landslides toll 60

Ministry of Home Affairs says 25 missing, more than 33,000 affected

Sabitri Dhakal

Kathmandu, July 14

Death toll from rain-induced disasters across the country has reached 60, while 25 people have been missing and 33,113 people have been affected, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Provinces 1, 2 and 3 are the worst hit, with Lalitpur, Bhojpur and Rautahat witnessing the highest death toll — five people were killed in each of the three districts.

Provincial governments have decided to provide relief for flood and landslide victims. They will also provide free medical treatment to the 38 people who have been injured so far.

Province 1 government has decided to provide Rs 2 lakh to the families who have lost their loved ones. It will reimburse victims up to Rs 50,000 if they receive treatment at private medical centres and submit bills to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law, said Indra Bahadur Angbo, minister of financial affairs and planning of Province 1.

“We have sent tarpaulin, clothes and blankets for flood victims. Food items are also being distributed,” he added.

Province 2 government has decided to provide Rs 3 lakh to families of the deceased. “We are trying to collect data on fatalities, destruction and injuries,” said Province 2 Financial Affairs and Planning Minister Bijay Yadav.

Province 3 government has decided to provide Rs 100,000 each to families of those who lost their lives in floods and landslides. Government health facilities in the province will provide free treatment in eight government health centres to those injured in disasters.

The provincial government will reimburse victims up to Rs 25,000 upon submission of medical bills if they receive treatment in private hospitals, said Anup Poudel, personal secretary to Province 3 Chief Minister Dormani Poudel.

Province 4, 5 Karnali and Sudurpaschim are yet to decide on the relief amount for victims’ kin.

According to the Flood Forecasting Section, water level in the major rivers is coming down.

The section, however, has warned people to remain alert, as risk of landslides has increased due to continuous rainfall for the last three days.

According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division, rainfall is likely to continue till Monday, said Subash Rimal, Meteorologist at MFD.

There are chances of heavy rainfall in a few places in the eastern and central regions and at one or two places in the western region, according to the Meteorological Forecasting Division.

A version of this article appears in print on July 15, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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