Floods, landslides kill 47 in Nepal

Nepal floods: 36 killed, 12 missing, hundreds displaced due to landslides, torrential rain

Nepal floods: 36 killed, 12 missing, hundreds displaced due to landslides, torrential rain

The death toll was expected to go up, with around two dozen other people missing and feared dead after three days of heavy downpours in at least nine southern districts of the Himalayan country, said police spokesman Pushkar Karki.

Nepal government has called for assistance in the search, rescue, and distribution of relief in the aftermath of the heavy loss of life and property due to the landslide and floods in different parts of the country.

Warning over the possible occurrence of water-borne epidemic in the flood affected areas, the commission has urged the government to set up temporary medical camps for the protection of people.

A hotel owner said they used elephants to transport tourists to the nearest open highway and airport to help them return to the capital Kathmandu.

Almost 600 tourists, including 200 Indians, have been stranded in central Nepal's popular tourist district Chitwan due to flooding triggered by heavy rains that have claimed 49 lives, officials said on Sunday.

Numerous people being rescued from the hotels are tourists. Power and communication has been cut off in many areas and emergency services have had a hard time accessing some places.

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Rescue efforts were hampered by incessant rain and roads that were washed away in many places.

The flood situation in Nepal still remains grim. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba ordered district administrations to intensify rescue operations.

According to the ministry, some 35,843 houses have been inundated while 1,000 houses have been damaged in the low-lying areas known as Terai region of Nepal.

Meteorologists say the torrential rain will continue till Monday.

Every year, floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains cause numerous deaths in Nepal, where the monsoon season lasts from June to September.

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