Flood situation remains grim in Nepal, death toll touches 66

Posted August 14, 2017

The Ministry also stated that personnel of the Nepalese Army, Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force, trained security persons and other human resources have been mobilized under the leadership of the local administrations for carrying out search and rescue in the flood affected and inundated areas.

Monsoon floods and landslides have killed at least 94 people across Nepal but officials fear that figure could rise sharply as rescuers search for dozens believed lost under mud and in submerged villages.

The resort town is a popular tourist destination and home to the famed Chitwan National Park where visitors go on safaris and elephant rides.

Hundreds of people have been displaced by the flood.

Numerous people being rescued from the hotels are tourists.

Police said floodwaters toppled telephone towers and power lines, cutting communications and electricity in many areas.

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Chief District Officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta said trapped tourists were being evacuated to safer places.

There is criticism against India for not opening floodgates on the rivers on time, which has resulted in floods in southern Nepal, especially in the Terai region.

Several highway bridges have collapsed and roads were blocked by landslides and floods, leaving thousands of travellers stranded, local media reported on Sunday.

The weather forecasting office says more rain is expected on Sunday throughout the country.

An emergency meeting headed by Minister for Home Affairs Janardan Sharma today formed a central command post for intensifying rescue operations in the country.

Heavy rains have been battering Nepal and northern India for days now, and the death toll from this year's monsoon season - which usually lasts from June until the end of August - has already exceeded that of 2016.