India assures full support to flood-affected Nepal

Trevor Jackson
August 14, 2017

Nepalese men carry children on their shoulders as they wade through flood waters in village Ramgadhwa in Birgunj, Nepal, Sunday. At least 49 people were killed and 17 reported missing in various parts of the country in the past three days.

"Monsoon rains and floods in the past two weeks have affected more than 100,000 people". Emergency teams have also evacuated thousands of people across the country.

On Saturday, Mahara called on Indian ambassador Majeev Singh Puri to request him for New Delhi to open the floodgates on the Koshi, Gadak and Rapti rivers, and as per reports, India took prompt action and helped smooth discharge of waters.

The death toll from floods and landslides in Nepal rose to 94 on Sunday with thousands of families displaced from their homes due to incessant rainfall in several districts across the country, officials said.

The resort town is a popular tourist destination and home to the famed Chitwan National Park where visitors go on safaris and elephant rides.

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Security forces are struggling to provide rescue and relief to the affected as portions of highways have either been swept away, collapsed or are obstructed by debris from landslides in many places.

According to the ministry, some 35,843 houses have been inundated while 1,000 houses have been damaged in the low-lying areas known as Terai region of Nepal.

An emergency meeting headed by Minister for Home Affairs Janardan Sharma today formed a central command post for intensifying rescue operations in the country.

Weather experts said more rain was expected overnight and the government has told residents to remain alert.

Every year, floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains cause numerous deaths in Nepal, where the monsoon season lasts from June to September.

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