Death toll in Nepal floods reached to 78

Vastavam web: At least 12 people were killed in a landslide in Nepal today, taking the death toll in floods and rain-related calamities to 78 across the Himalayan nation, even as all the 35 stranded Indian nationals have been rescued, 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.Although earlier reports quoting local authorities, said that 200 Indian tourists were among the 700 stranded people, the Indian Embassy official said only 35 of them were Indian nationals.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) 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.Nine persons were killed in Rautahat, eight were killed in Sunsari, four each in Sarlahi, Sindhuli, Bara, Makawanpur and Banke districts, five persons were killed in Jhapa, three killed each in Dang and Surkhet, two each were killed in Bardiya and Chitawan and nine persons were killed elsewhere.Meanwhile, Nepal’s Energy Minister Mahendra Bahadur Sahi has claimed that the highways built along the no man’s land on the Indian side of the border are the major reasons behind the floods in the Terai.

“The highways made by elevating the land next to the Nepal-India border have restricted the natural flow of water, leaving Nepal’s Terai plains submerged during the rainy season,” Shahi said.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).