Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Death toll in Nepal floods and landslides reaches 74

Death toll in Nepal floods and landslides reaches 74

At least 36 people were killed and 12 others missing in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in several districts across Nepal, officials said on Saturday.

The torrential rains hit the country's southern plains and eastern hills, triggering landslides and inundating hundreds of towns and villages.

More than 30 people were reported dead on Saturday.

"Since Friday, at least 40 people have been killed in the floods and landslides", Home Ministry spokesman Deepak Kafle said.

Many highways have been obstructed and the government has mobilised security forces and government officials to start search and rescue operations as well as rehabilitation works promptly.

Police said floodwaters toppled telephone towers and power lines, cutting communications and electricity in many areas.

Efforts were also on to pack food items to be distributed to those affected by flooding and landslides, while helipads at Nepal Army's barracks have been kept ready for relief distribution.

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In the popular jungle safari resort of Sauraha in Chitwan, hotels were forced to shift their guests to higher floors as water rushed in.

Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the accident site in the Himalayan state, said Sandeep Kadam, a senior official at the scene.

"There isn't a house without water. In Surkhet district, we have evacuated about 200 people to shelters", the statement said.

Biratnagar airport in the eastern district of Morang was closed after being submerged in a metre of water, authorities at the worldwide terminal said.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed his condolences and urged people to remain calm.

The monsoon season, which starts in June and ends in September, causes big floods in Nepal each year.

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