Nepal floods: 28 dead, 16 missing; heavy rains to continue through weekend, alerts weather office

Kathmandu: The police on Saturday said that the death toll due to the damage caused by floods and landslides in Nepal has climbed to 28. As per data collected by the police on Saturday, 16 people are missing and another 10 people have suffered injuries due to the calamity triggered by the downpour. So far, at least 50 people have been rescued from various places across the country, it added.

 Nepal floods: 28 dead, 16 missing; heavy rains to continue through weekend, alerts weather office

Flooding caused by heavy rainfall in Nepal. ANI

Heavy rains since Thursday have hit 20 of Nepal's 77 districts, in the hills as well as in southern plains, according to The Himalayan Times. A statement issued by the Home Ministry of Nepal said that the collapse of houses and structures in the wake of the heavy rainfall has claimed the lives of most people across Nepal.

Television channels showed police evacuating residents from flooded homes in rubber boats in some parts of Kathmandu. Families carrying their belongings on their heads waded through waist-deep water.

"We have evacuated more than 150 people and are on the standby for rescue in different areas," Bigyan Dev Pandey, an army spokesman, was quoted as saying. Officials further said that the Kosi river in eastern Nepal, which flows into the eastern Indian state of Bihar, had risen above the danger mark. The weather office has also asked residents to remain alert saying heavy rains are expected to continue through the weekend.

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Updated Date: Jul 13, 2019 16:40:47 IST