Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Death toll reaches 49 in Nepal floods and landslides, 17 missing

Death toll reaches 49 in Nepal floods and landslides, 17 missing

The Nepal Red Cross Society is also working with local authorities to warn thousands of people of further threats from rising rivers and further landslides.

The death toll due to flooding and landslides across Nepal since Friday reached 49, officials said.

Highways were either damaged or inundated, disrupting transport, the police said.

Nepal Police, Nepali Army and APF personnel are now performing rescue works in the state.

But dozens were still missing somewhere at the bottom of the ravine, with soldiers and rescuers clawing through the mud and rock to reach them.

Following the rescue operation, over 200 people from Narainapur, Holiya, Phattepur, Tikulipur, Bairiya Sikta among other places of Banke district were rescued to safer zones.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his condolences and prayers for those affected by the accident.

The meteorological department forecast that central and western plains were likely to receive heavy rainfall from this evening.

In Nepal the toll from this year's monsoon-which typically lasts from late June until the end of August-has already eclipsed last year, with more than 100 people confirmed dead. Local officials have opened temporary shelters for displaced people in schools or public buildings.

The floods and landslides have claimed at least 53 lives over the past three days, in the Terai region bordering India and other areas of Nepal, according to the Government of Nepal.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, seven persons were killed in Sunsari district in southern Nepal.

Footage aired on Nepali TV showed villagers wading through waist-high water with their belongings and using boats to reach higher ground.

Hundreds of houses have been submerged in Morang.

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