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Deadly deluge  

Saturday, August 12th, 2017
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In Saptari, around 1,000 houses have been inundated with water. Photo: RSS

Severe monsoon flooding and landslides killed nearly two dozen people in eastern Nepal on Saturday.

Authorities say the death toll could go up as more people are missing in floods in the eastern Tarai.

Many plains districts in the region have been inundated with water, hindering rescue and relief work.

The department of hydrology and meteorology (DHM) has forecast more downpour s in eastern Nepal over the next 24 hours, and advised people to stay away from swollen rivers. The water level in the Saptakosi River has exceeded the danger mark.

There is flooding in Biratnagar sub metropolitan city, and the local airport has been closed. Authorities say there will be no flights to and from Biratnagar for at least two days.

The DHM has also forecast heavy rains in western Nepal, where floods have already swept away three concrete bridges. Rains have damaged part of the Tulsipur-Ghorahi road, leaving people in Ghorahi, Dang district headquarters, stranded.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has instructed administrators in flood-hit districts to expedite rescue and relief efforts. He has also urged people to help each other in this time of crisis.

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One Response to “Deadly deluge  ”

  1. Nepal ko Nagrik on Says:

    This is an annual occurrence which always takes the government of Nepal by surprise! Preparation for natural disasters should have been in place and upgraded every year. Why does Prime Minister need to instruct administrators to start the rescue and relief operation? Does the district administrators need a go-ahead from Kathmandu??? Or is the writer after a brownie point?

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