Disasters & Accidents

At least 11 killed in Nepal landslides, flooding

Kathmandu, Sep 3 (efe-epa).- At least 11 people have died and dozens of houses washed away in overnight landslides and flooding in western Nepal, officials said on Thursday.

Chief District Officer Suresh Neupane told EFE that four villages were affected by the disaster triggered by incessant rainfall at the mountainous region of Dhorpatan region, around 350 km (nearly 220 miles) west of Kathmandu.

Neupane said rescuers recovered the 11 bodies from the banks of the Bhuji river while 25 people were missing.

More than 40 houses have been buried or swept away in the affected region, he said.

He said that rescue teams of police and army were dispatched to the area to search for the missing.

However, the search operation faced a major hurdle since a portion of a road to the disaster-hit area was damaged due to the landslide.

“Due to its difficult geographic terrain, the team has not been able to reach the site as of 2.30 pm (local time),” Neupane told EFE over the phone.

According to the Nepal Disaster Risk Reduction Portal, more than 250 people have died due to monsoon-induced floods, heavy rains, and landslides since the beginning of the season in June.

The monsoon began in Nepal on June 12. Since then, the country has seen frequent incidents of extreme weather conditions.

Every year, heavy rainfall causes hundreds of deaths Nepal due to landslides and flash floods, a common occurrence in the mountainous nation during the monsoon season.

Nepal’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, based on the water-induced disasters, has claimed that this has been the deadliest monsoon season in more than a decade in the Himalayan country.

The monsoon season occurs across South Asia from June until September.

A humanitarian group said in August that South Asia faced a danger of more deadly disease outbreaks due to monsoon floods since health resources have been stretched to breaking point by the coronavirus that has affected over millions of people in the region.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in a statement said floods have affected almost 17.5 million people in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. EFE-EPA

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