At least 30 killed in floods, landslides

Kathmandu,  13 August,  2017 : Floods and landslides triggered by severe monsoon rains have killed at least 30 people across the country, with the highest death toll of seven reported from Sunsari. Four have gone missing.

Thousands of houses have been inundated. In Saptari, floods have deluged around 15,000 houses.

An emergency meeting of the District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee estimated that around 50,000 people have been hugely affected as floodwaters destroyed foodstuff and other belongings. 

Around 2,000 families have been trapped in floodwaters at Sakarpura, Banarjhula, Barsain, Tiluliya and Kusaha since Saturday morning. Security personnel were yet to reach the affected areas. 

Dozens of settlements including Tilathi, Sakarapura, Malhaniya, Kusaha, Banarjhula and Rajbiraj have been hit hard.

According to Saptari Chief District Officer Krishna Bahadur Katuwal, the western embankment of the Koshi river was under threat of being swept away. According to the authorities, 34 of the 56 sluice gates of the Koshi Barrage were opened in the evening. 

Flooding has wreaked havoc in districts along the plains while landslides have resulted in loss of lives and property in the Hill areas. The Ministry of Home Affairs, however, said 17 people were killed in the past 24 hours.  According to our district correspondents, flooding and landslides have claimed seven lives in Sunsari, four each in Jhapa and Sindhuli, three each in Sarlahi, Morang and Banke, two each in Dang and Bara and one each in Makawanpur and Palpa in floods and landladies. 

With the weather office forecasting rains for the next 24 hours, various districts are still at flooding and landslide risk. 

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