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Death toll reaches 49 in Nepal floods and landslides, 17 missing

Death toll reaches 49 in Nepal floods and landslides, 17 missing

People have been shifted to safer places.

Almost 600 tourists, including 200 Indians, have been stranded in central Nepal's popular tourist district Chitwan due to flooding triggered by heavy rains that have claimed 49 lives, officials said today.

Authorities Sunday upgraded the death toll from flash flooding across landlocked Nepal to 49 as the water kept rising, forcing thousands to flee for higher ground.

The Meteorological Forecasting Division has forecast moderate to heavy rains to continue across the country for the next few days.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, at least 13 persons were injured in the rain-related incidents and 17 others remained missing. Officials said they would be fixing the electricity lines soon. "We have more than 30 people confirmed dead".

As many as 8,300 security personnel from Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Army have already been mobilised in the rescue operation across the country. "In Surkhet district, we have evacuated about 200 people to shelters", the statement said.

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Met department has predicted heavy rains in Terai and some other parts of Nepal.

Families perched on trees with young children overnight as flood waters swept away homes in a village in the southern district of Chitwan, local media reported.

A statement released on Saturday said six persons were killed in Sunsari, four each in Kalikot, Rasuwa, Sindhuli and Chitwan, three in Panchthar, three in Banke, two in Baglung and one each in Jhapa and Makwanpur districts.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has instructed administrators in flood-hit districts to expedite rescue and relief efforts.

Hundreds of houses have been submerged in Morang.


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