Thursday December 09, 2021

Death toll up to 101 from floods, landslides in Nepal

Published : 22 Oct 2021, 01:08

Updated : 22 Oct 2021, 01:17

  DF News Desk

Photo taken on Sept. 6, 2021 shows a truck in a flooded area after incessant rainfall in Kathmandu, Nepal. File Photo: Xinhua.

The death toll from floods and landslides sparked by unseasonal rainfalls in Nepal has risen to 101 by Thursday evening, with 35 others still missing, reported Xinhua.

The rain-induced disasters have left 40 people injured and caused a huge loss of crops and properties.

"We are currently focusing on rescue and relief operations. The estimate of the losses of properties will be done later," Hum Kala Pandey, chief of the Disaster and Conflict Management Division under the Ministry of Home Affairs, told Xinhua. "We have evacuated over 4,000 people to safe places from different districts."

Pandey said the unexpected downpours that started on Monday after the monsoon receded early this month had hit Province 1 in eastern Nepal and Sudur Paschim and Karnali Provinces in the west hard in particular.

"There was no heavy rainfall on Thursday, therefore we are expecting there won't be further loss from now on," he added.

Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba visited Bajhang and Kailali districts in Sudur Paschim Province on Thursday, and he directed local authorities to launch prompt rescue and relief operations and promised a relief package to farmers who lost their paddy.

According to an estimate by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, paddy worth 10 billion Nepali rupees has been destroyed in the disasters.

"We have started to collect reports on the losses," said Prakash Kumar Sanjel, spokesperson for the ministry. "It will take some days to find out the actual losses."

The Nepali government has decided to provide 200,000 rupees to each family that has lost a member in the disasters, and an additional 100,000 rupees to families losing more than one member.

For families who lost houses, the government offers an aid ranging between 300,000 rupees and 500,000 rupees.