Death toll in Nepal floods and landslides reaches 94
Aug 14 2017
Around 600 tourists, including 200 Indians, are stranded in Nepal's Chitwal town because of widespread flooding and landslides caused by heavy rain, unidentified officials said, according to PTI.
Red Cross volunteers and emergency teams are searching for survivors as flash floods and landslides have submerged thousands of homes in several parts of Nepal, mostly in the south of the country.
Numerous people being rescued from the hotels are tourists.
Nepal Police, Nepali Army and APF personnel are now performing rescue works in the state.
One of the most affected areas is Sauraha, where several hotels have flooded.
Nepalese Home Minister Janardan Sharma said that all the security agencies will be mobilised in an integrated manner for carrying out the rescue operations.
The District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee in its emergency meeting estimated that around 50,000 people have been hugely affected as floodwaters destroyed foodstuff and other belongings.
28 persons have also been injured and 53 are missing.
A hotel owner said they used elephants to transport tourists to the nearest open highway and airport to help them return to the capital Kathmandu.
Biratnagar airport in eastern Morang district was closed after being submerged in a meter of water, said authorities at the worldwide terminal.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba addressed the nation on Saturday evening and announced relief to the victims.
The latest casualties bring the death toll from this year's monsoon season to more than 100, government records show. The rain is expected to continue in the coming days according to the Nepal Meteorological Forecasting Division, raising fears that the rivers will threaten to wash more villages away.