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At least 39 dead in floods, landslides across Nepal


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Kathmandu   /   Wed, July 27, 2016   /  01:58 pm
At least 39 dead in floods, landslides across Nepal Heavy rainfall floods Bhaktapur district, Nepal, July 26. (The Kathmandu Post/-)

At least 39 people have been killed and 28 have gone missing in the past 24 hours in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall across the country.

Scores of houses and some bridges have been swept away in several parts of the country. Thousands of people have been displaced and hundreds of houses have been waterlogged after floodwaters gushed into their settlements.

Pyuthan, Gulmi, Palpa, Makawanpur, Arghakhanchi, Rupandehi, Banke, Kapilvastu, Udayapur, Morang, Saptari and Jhapa among other districts bore the maximum brunt water-induced disasters as the country continues to experience the most active phase of monsoon.

In Pyuthan, at least 11 people were killed and 23 others have gone missing in separate incidents of flood and landslide. At least 14 people went missing in a single incident of landslide. Landslides triggered by heavy rains buried three houses at Rajawara and Khawang in the district, killing four persons. One person was buried to death in another incident of landslide in Lung, said police. According to Pyuthan District Police Office, five bodies were recovered from the banks of Jhimruk River in Pyuthan Municipality. One person was swept away by a swelling Kodar stream in Majhkot.

In Gulmi, separate incidents of landslide have claimed at least seven lives, while five houses and three bridges have been washed away, said police. More than 70 families have been displaced. Three persons died when a landslide buried a house belonging to Bhim Bahadur Darji a Hastichaur-1. One of his neighbors sustained injuries while trying to rescues the victim.

District Police Office, four persons were killed in two separate incidents of landslide at Bishukharka-9 and Hwangdi-3 in the district. A flooded Badighat stream washed away five houses in Chorkate Bazaar.

Landslides wreaked havoc in Palpa district as well with four persons reported dead at Dobhan and Gothadi. A landslide buried a house in Gothadi, killing three persons on Monday night.

Our correspondent from Rupandehi said two persons died while 15 houses were swept away due to the floods in the Tinau and Kanchan rivers in the district. A swollen Tinau river destroyed a suspension bridge at Butwal-13. Around 6,000 people are at risk.

In Makawanpur, three persons were buried to death in a landslide at Bhimphedi-5. The deceased were earthquake victims who were living in a quake-damaged house after repair, said police.

Similarly, four persons were buried to death in separate incidents of house collapse in Baglung while two persons were swept away in Udayapur. One each died in Arghakhanchi, Gorkha, Dolakha, Bara, and Morang districts.

In Jhapa, over 400 flood victims are taking shelter at Bhadrapur Secondary School and 200 victims of Kechana are taking refuge at Mahendra Ratna Lower Secondary School after a flood in the Mechi river swept away their houses.

Around 2,000 villagers of Bhadrapur, Prithvinagar, Kechana, Pathamari and Kumarkhed have been displaced by the floods, according to District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee (DNDRC).

Flooded Mechi river has swept away an embankment on the Indian side. After the incident, Naksalbari, Panitanki and other Indian markets have been waterlogged, said police.

In Saptari, 300 families are living precariously in Gobargadha after sudden rise in the water levels of Koshi river. Around 1,200 people have been disconnected with the district headquarters.

Hundreds of houses have been inundated in Kapilvastu, Parsa, Banke, Bardiya, Dang, Saptari, Morang and Jhapa among other districts. Around 800 houses were waterlogged Kapilvastu after the Banganga river burst its banks.

In Bardiya, flooded Babai river has inundated more than 300 houses in Babai Municipality while hundreds of houses have been waterlogged in Deukhuri of Dang district. In Sunsari, around 200 houses have been deluged.

Water flow in the Saptakoshi River has crossed this year’s highest mark after continuous rainfall for the past 10 days. Water flow in the river was measured at 277,410 cusec on Tuesday morning, the highest for this year. Thirty-seven of the 56 floodgates have been opened. Sub-Inspector Bhim Raj Thebe informed that the water levels have been continuously on the rise in the river.

Likewise, water levels at Narayani river too have crossed the danger mark. Local administration has mobilized security personnel to warn people living near the river.


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