40 killed in Nepal floods, landslides

40 killed in Nepal floods, landslides

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.

Chief District Officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta said four rubber rafts have been sought from neighbouring Devghat to carry out relief operations.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, at least 13 persons were injured in the incidents.

Thirty-six people have been reported missing, they added.

The Ministry also stated that personnel of the Nepalese Army, Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force, trained security persons and other human resources have been mobilized under the leadership of the local administrations for carrying out search and rescue in the flood affected and inundated areas.

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"Since Friday, at least 40 people have been killed in the floods and landslides", home ministry spokesman Deepak Kafle told AFP, upgrading the previous toll of 25.

The monsoon season, which starts in June and ends in September, causes big floods in Nepal each year.

Nepal's weather department issued an alert Saturday warning that heavy rains were expected to continue for another day, and advised districts to close schools and residents to stay indoors.

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. So, in the Eastern city of Biratnagar runway of the airport is also covered with water, which led to the suspension of flights.

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

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