Deadly flood claims 57 lives in Nepal; India vows to assist
Source :NewsBharati   Date :14-Aug-2017

Kathmandu, August 14: Number of people died due to flood and landslides triggered by incessant rains has gone up to 57 in Nepal. Twenty two districts have been affected by heavy rains. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had telephonic conversation with Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Krishna Bahadur Mahara and discussed flood situation along the Indo-Nepal border.

According to the Nepal Home Ministry, at least 57 people have died while 23 are still missing in landslides and floods in the last three days. The monsoon chaos which started on Friday has affected districts spanning from the eastern, central to the western regions.

 

A total of 34,843 houses were inundated across the plains. More than 1,000 houses were destroyed in floods that killed an estimated 400 livestock. Nearly 500 people were rescued from Sunsari district and 270 from Jhapa district.

India has informed Nepal government that sluice gates of dams located on India-Nepal border are open. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri said that the concerned authorities have been advised to take all precautionary measures, including moving population to safer areas. Nepal had requested the Indian Government yesterday to open gates of dams due to heavy rain and flood in Nepal.

On Monday, the Nepal government Cabinet held an emergency meeting and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba ordered district officials to intensify rescue operations. Notably, the meteorological department forecast says central and western plains were likely to receive more rainfall over the next couple of days.

Eastern districts of Jhapa, Sunsari, Morang, Saptari and central districts of Sarlahi, Bara, Makawanpur, Sindhuli, Chitwan, Rautahat, Dhanusha were the most affected. In the mid-western region, Dang, Banke, Bardiya and Surkhet are highly affected.

Shifting of monsoon trough closer and away from Nepal is a common phenomenon. However, this time it extended from East to West, which caused heavy rains throughout the country.