Sunday, July 15, 2018

Death toll in Nepal's monsoon-induced disasters rises to 56

Death toll in Nepal's monsoon-induced disasters rises to 56
The death toll from Nepal's monsoon-induced disasters since the beginning of monsoon season has risen to 56, the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed on Saturday.

The ministry said at least 56 people have lost their lives while 12 have gone missing in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall.

At least three dozen people have sustained injuries in the disasters, especially in the low-lying areas of the country known like Terai region including Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Dang and Banke districts.

"Efforts are underway to search the missing, to treat the injured and to distribute relief in the highly affected settlements," Ram Krishna Subedi, spokesperson at Home Ministry, told Xinhua.

He informed that the government has mobilised the security agencies including Nepali Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force for search, rescue and relief operations in the worst-hit districts.

Department of Hydrology and Meteorology forecast rainfall would remain active for the next three days, and it has urged all to maintain high alert to cope with disasters.

The flood forecasting division has been sending early warning flood alert messages in the concerned districts.

Floods and landslides wreak havoc in Terai every year with thousands of families getting displaced and huge loss of properties, livestock and crops.

During annual monsoon rains, various parts of the country struggle to cope, and this year even many parts of Kathmandu valley remained inundated.

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