At least 30 killed in Nepal floods: Home Ministery

Flights to and from the Biratnagar Airport has been obstructed as the incessant rainfall for the past two days submerged the airport area on Saturday. Picture:

Kathmandu—At least 30 persons have killed and dozens others missing on Saturday due to heavy flood and landslips triggered by incessant rainfall across the country, Home Ministry informed.

According to ministry, four persons died in Jhapa, three in Morang, seven in Sunsari, three in Banke and Panchthar, four in Sindhuli and one each in Bara, Sarlahi, Dang, Palpa and Bardiya.

Minister for Home Affairs, Janardan Sharma held press meet on Saturday morning to inform about the loss of lives and properties due to flood and landslides in Nepal. He said rescue effects in flood and landslides-affected districts and places were disturbed by bad weather conditions. He ordered personnel from Nepal Police and Armed Police Force for rescue operation.

Spokesperson Dipak Kafle said district with heavy rainfall have been put on high alert. Two Nepal Army choppers were readied to fly to flood affected parts of Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari but could not take off due to adverse weather conditions.

As per the information, floods triggered by continuous rain in various rivers have inundated 10,000 houses and displaced 500 families in Saptari district alone. Water level in most of the rivers across the country has crossed danger mark due to incessant rainfall since Friday.

According to the Metrological Forecasting Division (MFD) under the Department of Hydrology and Metrology (HDM), the cloudburst will continue for some more days and the water level in the rivers will go up further.

Published on: August 12, 2017 5:25 pm

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