At least 50 dead in Nepal monsoon

Elias Hubbard
July 14, 2019

Over 30 people have been killed and more than 130 buildings have collapsed following days of torrential rainfall that triggered mass floods and landslides across Nepal and two northern Indian states.

Heavy rains since Thursday have hit several districts in Nepal, especially in the country's eastern region and the southern plains, affecting thousands.

Bishwaraj Pokharel, spokesperson for Nepal Police, added that another 11 people were injured and 15 others reported missing.

The centre said nine key highways remained blocked by floods and mudslides, and attempts were under way to open them up for traffic. Continuing bad weather has grounded helicopter rescue flights.

Twenty-four people are reported missing amid floods and landslides, according to the Himalayan Times.

Nepal's weather department issued a high alert for the southern Sapta Koshi river on Saturday and sent SMS warnings to people in the area.

The annual monsoon rains, which normally start in June and continue through September, are crucial for Nepal, a country of 30 million people, and India, which both depend on the annual downpours for farming.

Officials in northeastern India said at least a dozen people were killed and over a million affected by flooding.

More than 1,200 people died in the region amid storms and landslides a year ago, while India's Kerala faced its worst floods in nearly a century.

Assam's State Disaster Management Authority said around 900,000 people spread over 21 of the state's 33 districts have had their homes submerged.

Elsewhere in Assam, Kaziranga National Park, home to the endangered one-horn rhinoceros, has been flooded.

In neighbouring northeastern India, the death toll rose to 11, with six dead in Assam and another five in Arunachal Pradesh, officials said. In Mizoram, floods have submerged about 400 homes in the small town of Tlabung, police said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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