53 killed, one lakh displaced in Nepal floods

Kristopher Drake
August 14, 2017

Issuing a statement following an emergency meeting on Sunday, the human rights watchdog appealed the Nepal government, security agencies, national and worldwide organizations to expedite the rescue and relief operation in flood and landslide affected settlements.

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

"Monsoon rains and floods in the past two weeks have affected more than 100,000 people".

Ten more people were missing and the number of dead looked set to climb as large parts of the country were under water, officials said.

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.

Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 49 people in southern Nepal and left thousands homeless, officials say.

More than 30 people were reported dead on Saturday.

As many as 8,300 security personnel from Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Army have already been mobilised in the rescue operation across the country.

Likewise, the Ministry has urged the Ministry of Health to dispatch a team of health workers to the affected areas along with medicines.

The rain is expected to continue in the coming days, according to the Nepal Meteorological Forecasting Division, raising fears that the rivers might wash more villages away.

The resort town is a popular tourist destination and home to the famed Chitwan National Park where visitors go on safaris and elephant rides. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba ordered district administrations to intensify rescue operations.

Landslides and flooding are common in the Himalayan region during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September.

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