15 killed, 25 missing as flash floods wreak havoc in Nepal

June 19 2021, Kathmandu

Fifteen people have been killed in floods, landslides, and inundation in different parts of the country due to incessant rains since June 13.

The deceased include nine men, three women, two boys, and a girl. Of them, three each in Sindhupalchowk and Doti districts, and one each in Saptari, Kavre, Gorkha, Jumla, Arghakhanchi, Palpa, Kaski, Kalikot, and Bajura.

Sixteen people have been injured in the floods, landslides, and inundation. Of them, 10 are men, four women, and two girls. Among them, six are in Sindhupalchowk, three in Myagdi, two each in Jumla and Doti, one each in Kaski, Syangja, and Salyan districts. The injured have been taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Twenty-five people have gone missing in floods and landslides. Of them, 17 are men, five women, two boys and one is a girl. Of them, 17 are in Sindhupalchowk, seven in Jajarkot, and one in Bajura. The search for the missing continues.

According to Nepal Police spokesperson and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Basanta Bahadur Kunwar, a total of 102 people, including 94 from Sindhupalchowk and eight from Salyan, have been rescued. They have been taken to various hospitals for treatment.

Roads in various places that got blocked due to landslides and floods have been reopened by the security bodies. Work is underway to remove landslides in Darchula, Humla, Surkhet, Kalikot, Salyan, and Dailekh, according to the highway blockade information issued by National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Authority.

So far, a total of 199 houses have been inundated due to the floods. Similarly, a total of 138 houses, 11 cowsheds, 12 bridges, one school, and seven government offices have been damaged. A total of 1,760 people from 528 households have been displaced and 516 livestock have died. Also, the area police office in Sindhupalchowk has been shifted to Helambu and police post to Talamarang due to floods and landslides.

Bedh Nidhi Khanal, an assistant spokesperson for NDRRMA, said that a joint squad of Nepal Police, Nepali Army and Armed Police Force from the concerned police office are actively involved in the rescue and mitigation of the damage in the affected areas.

In addition, the rescue team is working to relocate the families at risk of floods and landslides to safer places in coordination and support of various agencies and local representatives.

Meanwhile, NDRRMA Chief Executive Officer Anil Pokhrel said that the government has now focused on relief distribution and proper rehabilitation of those rendered homeless from the monsoon-induced disaster.

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