Heavy floods wreak havoc in Nepal, at least 16 dead, 22 missing

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Kathmandu
The situation has become very bad due to the sudden severe floods in Nepal. Many rivers are running in spate and people are being rescued with helicopters. The situation is worst in Manang and Sindhupalchowk districts. Security forces have also been deployed for relief and rescue operations in the country. At least 16 people have been killed and 22 others have gone missing in the floods. Indian and Chinese nationals are also among those missing after flash floods in Melmachi river in the basin of Indravati river in Nepal’s Sindhupalak district and other low-lying areas. This information has been given in a media report. The Himalayan Times reported on Thursday that the district has been receiving torrential rains since Tuesday, due to which the low-lying areas of the Indravati river basin have been inundated.

Bodies of two Chinese and one Indian national recovered
A high mountain area about 30 km from Melmachi was blocked by a gorge landslide, followed by flooding. The Melmachi Drinking Water Project (MDWP) at Melmachi has also been destroyed. The Himalayan Times quoted MDWP spokesperson Rajendra Prasad Pant as saying that the bodies of two Chinese and one Indian national have been recovered so far. Arun Pokharel, Chief District Officer, Sindhupalchowk said, “The death toll is expected to rise in the coming days as many people have come forward with complaints about their missing family members.” The Nepalese Army and Nepal Police have claimed to have rescued 74 people trapped in the floods by helicopter. About 200 families have been displaced by the floods while over 1,000 families have been shifted to safer places.

[Attribution to NBT]

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