Nepal’s Recent Flood Kills 90, Displaced Thousands Of People

According to a press release issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, the flood damaged 2847 houses and 48316 houses inundated.

Aug. 15, 2017, 6:49 a.m.

Although the rain is receding as the flood water, the torrential monsoon rain that occurred across the plain areas of Nepal killed more than 90 persons with 38 disappeared and 25 injured.

Reportedly a worst rainfall and flood in eastern and central parts of the region, the flood affected more than a million of population directly and indirectly. Initial estimates shows that the flood damaged billions of worth of infrastructures like road, bridge electricity along with individual property.

According to a press release issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, the flood damaged 2847 houses and 48316 houses inundated. The flood also damaged 3727 infrastructures across the country.

Ministry of Home Affairs said the government mobilized 26000 personal of Nepal Army, Nepal Police and Armed Police in rescue and relief. Nepal Army’s 7 and private sectors 6 helicopters were used in search and rescue operation.

 To prevent the misuse of relief fund, the government set up a committee under Joint Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs Kedar Neuapane to coordinate the relief operation. Home Ministry also asked all donors to come under one window policy.

Although there was a little rain, thousands of displaced people are livening in the open place and the government is yet to reach with relief materials. Floods and landslides claimed highest numbers of casualty in eastern region with 39 lives and 26 persons have gone missing.

Similarly, 30 persons have lost their lives in central region and 14 have gone missing. In the western region 15 lives have lost to floods and landslides. Midwestern and far western regions have received the least damage.  More than 27 districts have been affected by recent spell of floods and landslides.

The government released 2.12 billion rupees from its Relief Fund. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba inspected the flood devastated region by helicopter directing all concerned officials and security personal to provide relief materials to the victims. 

With an aim to resume flight to Biratnagar Airport, security personals were mobilized to clear the mud accumulated at the runway. Civil Aviation Authority said that the flight operation in Biratnagar will resume today.

However, it may take few more days for the smooth operation of east west high way which is badly damaged by flood and rain in many areas.

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Flood water in southern plan ( photo courtesy: Onlinekhabar.com

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