16 confirmed missing; another 15 feared to have been swept away; one casualty reported in Melamchi flooding.


As of now, 16 people have been confirmed to have gone missing in the Melamchi floods in Sindhupalchowk district.

The District Police Office (DPO) said that 15 others are feared to have been swept away by the river which turned violent following incessant rain since last evening. DPO Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Prakash Sapkota said that the body of one male has been retrieved.

Three helicopters of Nepal Army arrived here today for the flood management and the rescue efforts. The Ministry of Home Affairs has managed food, tents and sleeping bags for the survivors. Minister for Health and Population Sher Bahadur Tamang who represents the Sindhupalchowk-2 in the House of Representatives is learnt to have held a meeting with that Prime Minister for necessary rescue and relief in the flood-hit areas.

Meanwhile, the Melamchi Drinking Water Development Committee says eight Melamchi Drinking Water Project staffers have gone missing in the flood. Among them, three are Chinese nationals, three Indians and two Nepalis.

A search is being carried out to find the missing workers with the help of the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and the locals.