Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Indian tourists stranded in Nepal floods

Indian tourists stranded in Nepal floods

Security agencies, including Nepal Police, the army and Armed Police Force, have been mobilised in the southern Terai districts for the relief and rescue operations.

Police say landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 47 people in southern Nepal and left thousands homeless.

Highways were either damaged or inundated, disrupting transport, the police said.

But dozens were still missing somewhere at the bottom of the ravine, with soldiers and rescuers clawing through the mud and rock to reach them. "In Surkhet district, we have evacuated about 200 people to shelters", the statement said.

"Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide-related accidents in HP's Mandi district", he posted on Twitter, using the acronym for Himachal Pradesh state.

More than 30 people were reported dead on Saturday.

Similarly, seven persons died in Rautahat floods and landslides, two in Bardiya, one in Dhanusha, Makawanpur, Kailai and Palpa districts each.

Last weekend in the central lowlands, four girls from the same family drowned when they fell into a flooded roadside ditch.

The DHM has also forecast heavy rains in western Nepal, where floods have already swept away three concrete bridges.

Footage aired on Nepali TV showed villagers wading through waist-high water with their belongings and using boats to reach higher ground.

A hotel owner in Sauraha, 155km (96 miles) south-west of the capital, Kathmandu, said the elephants had been used to take the tourists to the nearest open road and airport.

Hundreds of houses have been submerged in Morang.

Yesterday, Nepal Cabinet had held an emergency meeting during which Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had ordered the local district administrations to intensify the rescue and release activities.

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