36 killed, dozen missing in floods and landslides

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At least 36 persons were killed while dozen went missing in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in various parts of the country as of Sunday morning. Floods have inundated several settlements in eastern districts including Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Siraha, Saptari and Kapilvastu. Similarly, normal life has been affected even in the western districts including Banke, Bardiya and Dang.

Floods and landslips in 11 various districts have taken lives of 36 people (four in Panchthar, four in Sindhuli, four in Jhapa, five in Morang, eight in Sunsari, two in Bara, one in Dang, four in Banke, one in Makawanpur and one in Palpa) and injured several people by Saturday evening.

At least 5,600 from Nepal Police, 1,700 from Armed Police Force, and 1,000 personnel from Nepal Army have been deployed in different floods and landslides inflicted areas of the country.

Rescue works are on in various affected areas including Madargachi, Kapan Kawas, Salpara, Saurghutu of Jhapa, Budhikhola area of Sunsari, Tilathi and Hanuman Nagar of Saptari, Bagmati area of Sarlahi, Bagmati and Lalbakaiya area of Rautahat districts.

The district Natural Disaster Rescue Committees of the most affected districts have been distributing foodstuffs to the affected people.

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DoHM) has issued a notice for one and all residing alongside the riverbanks of swelling rivers in view of floods.

The Department has asked people living in the eastern districts including Jhapa, Ilam, Sunsari, Morang, Saptari, Udaypur and Dankuta, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Makawanpur, Bara, Parsa, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Rupandehi of central area, and Kapilvastu and Kanchanpur, Kailali and Bardiya of western area, to remain highly alert.

Settlements surrounding the streams including Mechi, Ninda, Biring, Kankai, Pathari, Triyuga, Budhi, Bagmati, eastern Rapti, Riu, Binaya, Arun, Tinau, Banganga, Macheli, Mohana and Babai, among others,  are at high risk of inundation.