KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 24
A total of 26 districts have been badly affected by the post-monsoon disasters triggered by the torrential rains which have claimed lives of 117 people so far. The post-monsoon rainfall caused by the collective effect of the wind from the Bay of Bengal and the westerly wind caused floods, landslides, and inundations in 26 districts.
Province 1 sustained worst effect of the disaster. It recorded maximum number of casualties while Sudurpachim Province followed it.
In the first two days - last Sunday and Monday - Sudurpaschim Province recorded huge loss of lives and properties, which later shifted to Province 1. Comparatively, other provinces were less affected.
The data shared by the Home Ministry today recorded the death of 117 people in the post-monsoon disaster.
Chief of Disaster Management Division at Home Ministry Humkala Pande shared this information. In the last 24 hours, five bodies of the missing were recovered, while 32 others are still missing.
Of the killed, 56 are males, 35 females and 25 children.
Similarly, among the missing, 13 are males, seven females and 12 children. Moreover, 44 persons were injured in floods and landslides and some of them returned home after treatment, Pande added.
The home ministry further stated that 118 houses were destroyed and 30 houses received partial damage.
Climate change expert Ngamindra Dahal observed that such torrential rains caused after monsoon could be linked to climate change.
The government information further recorded the damage in eight national highways.
Six highways damaged by the disaster are yet to come into full operation. In the road infrastructure alone, damage of Rs 1.5 billion has been estimated.
Details of the loss of paddy crops are awaited. The government has already decided to provide treatment free of cost to the injured ones and relief assistance to households suffering human loss.
Categorically, Province 1 alone recorded the death of 67 persons while seven are still missing. Panchthar district alone had recorded 30 deaths in landslide and floods.
Province 2, Bagmati, Gandaki and Lumbini provinces suffered comparatively less damage.
Five districts were badly affected in Karnali where eight persons lost their lives, four were injured and one went missing.
Sudurpaschim is second in the list of badly affected provinces due to the post-monsoon disaster. A total of 37 people lost their lives and 22 went missing in this province.
Seventeen people were injured in landslides and floods.
Doti recorded 16 deaths and Bajhang 12.
A version of this article appears in the print on October 25, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.