Death toll in Nepal floods and landslide reaches 78

Death toll in Nepal floods and landslide reaches 78
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KATHMANDU: At least 12 people were killed in a landslide in Nepal on Monday, taking the death toll in floods and rain-related calamities to 78, while thousands remained dis­placed across the Himalayan nation, officials said.

Heavy rainfall has lashed Nepal for the past four days, swelling several Himalayan rivers beyond the danger mark and causing flooding and land­slides at many places in the country.

The river Rapti, which flows through a large part of Nepal towards the southern plains, flooded human settlements and hotels popular with tourists in the Chitwan Valley.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), in the latest incident at least 12 people were killed by land­slide in Morang district today, taking the death toll in the district to 17 and overall to 78 and 35 went missing in the last four days. The monsoon hav­oc which started on Friday has affect­ed 27 districts spanning from the east­ern, central to the western regions.

A total of 34,843 houses were inun­dated across the plains. More than 1,000 houses were destroyed in floods that killed an estimated 400 livestock, the Kathmandu Post reported. The govern­ment has mobilised Nepal Police, Ne­pali Army and Armed Police Force per­sonnel for rescue and recovery work.

While rainfall is likely to continue in the next few days, as predicted by the Meteorological Forecasting Divi­sion (MFD).

Weathermen have said the ex­treme rainfall, starting from east­ern Nepal, witnessed in the last few days was caused by the formation of a low pressure zone over the hills. The monsoon, it added, was gradu­ally getting weaker in the east and moving towards the west.

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