Floods, landslides triggered by heavy rain kill 47 in Nepal

Floods, landslides triggered by heavy rain kill 47 in Nepal

The death toll in rain-induced disasters since Friday night in Nepal's southern flatlands has risen to 52 with 37 people missing, the Home Ministry said Sunday.

According to The Red Cross, 100,000 people have been affected by the floods and landslides.

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.

Some 36 people were missing in 23 districts across the country's densely populated southern plains, which border India.

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The landslides and floods caused by the rains have killed more than 45 people.

In the popular jungle safari resort of Sauraha in Chitwan, hotels were forced to shift their guests to higher floors as waters rushed into the premises.

1005 houses have been damaged and more than 30,000 houses are inundated.

Police said floodwaters toppled telephone towers and power lines, cutting communications and electricity in many areas.

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The rain is expected to continue in the coming days, according to the Nepal Meteorological Forecasting Division, raising fears that the rivers might wash more villages away.

The chief officer of one district told the media they are mobilizing all the resources they have to ensure everyone is safe.

The District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee has distributed dry foods to victims in the flood-hit areas.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, in a telephonic conversation with Nepal's deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara on Sunday evening, pledged all possible support.

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Landslides and flooding are common in the Himalayan region during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September.

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