At least 30 killed in floods and landslides in Nepal

17 dead, 6 missing as floods, landslides hit Nepal (Lead)
At least 30 killed in floods and landslides in Nepal

13 August, 2017

Floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains have killed 40 persons in Nepal, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Sunday.

Five thousand and six hundred trained personnel of the Nepal Police, one thousand 700 APF personnel, and 8,300 Nepalese Army personnel, as well as helicopters, have been mobilized for search and rescue operation, the Ministry has stated.

The Meteorological Forecasting Division has forecast moderate to heavy rains to continue across the country for the next few days.

The Red Cross estimated 100,000 people were affected by the disaster, with one official describing how the storm had cut off communication and electricity, adding to the challenges in rescuing people and distributing aid supplies such as food and water to displaced people.

Several highway bridges have collapsed and roads were blocked by landslides and floods, leaving thousands of travellers stranded, local media reported on Sunday.

The situation remained tense on Saturday along the basins of major rivers like Saptakoshi, Kankai, Babai, Rapti and Mohana.

"At least three elderly people went missing in flood at Sundar Haraincha in Morang district", Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson Joint Secretary Deepak Kafle was quoted as saying by the The Himalayan Times. The floods have created havoc in districts like Banke, Bardiya, Dhanusa, Saptari, Siraha, Sunsari and Morang.

Landslides and floods are common in Nepal during the monsoon season and the rest of the region.

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