After the first burst in mid-June, Central and eastern Nepal are now being lashed by a second wave, causing landslides to block the country’s arterial highways. The Mugling-Narayanghat section, for example, has only opened erratically for the past week with constant rockfalls.
At least 7 people were killed on Thursday alone in different parts of the country. Among them was a policeman at the Darchula station as the rains arrived in western Nepal.
In Myagdi, Palpa, Syangja, Gulmi and Jhapa, some 50 homes were swept away by flood waters or landslides. As the swollen rivers descended into the plains, farms and villages in Province 2 have also been submerge.
A 300m section of the trekking trail to Larkya Pass along the Budi Gandaki River, already badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake has been completely washed away. Upper Gorkha is now accessible only by helicopter.