The Himalayan nation’s regular monsoon rains revitalise fields and rivers, but they can cause catastrophic landslides and Nepal floods.
Officials claimed a landslide caused by the monsoon rains obstructed a river, which subsequently broke and flooded a village in Sindhupalchowk district near Kathmandu late Tuesday.
According to district official Baburam Khanal, “one dead has been found and seven more are missing from various locations in the flood.”
Officials said that police and army rescuers saved at least 60 people, with helicopters used in difficult-to-reach regions.
Locals told AFP that the river began rising unexpectedly on Tuesday evening.
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“None of the inhabitants have gotten any sleep tonight, and we haven’t had any sleep at all because of this scary situation,” resident Sailesh Khadka said.
“It everything happened about 8 or 9 p.m.,” says the narrator.
Flooding in other areas during the last two days killed two more people and left four more missing, according to Dil Kumar Tamang of Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center.
“We are also delivering relief items to the affected,” Tamang added, adding that the weather is making the operation tough.
The weather office predicted heavy rainfall for at least the next two days.
In recent years, Nepal has seen an upsurge in the frequency of catastrophic floods and landslides. Experts believe that climate change and increased road building are to blame for the deadly disasters.
During Nepal’s monsoon season last year, more than 200 people were killed by landslides and floods.