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Death toll in Nepal landslides, floods rises to 49

13 August 2017, 06:22 | Terri Saunders

Nepal government appeals for rescue and relief support

Indian villagers wade through flood waters while carrying household items at the flood affected Koliabor village some 186km from Guwahati the capital city of India’s northeastern state of Assam

Security agencies, including Nepal Police, the army and Armed Police Force, have been mobilised in the southern Terai districts for the relief and rescue operations.

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.

The coaches had stopped for a tea break around midnight Saturday in Himachal Pradesh when tonnes of rock and mud cascaded down a mountainside.

Thirty-six people have been reported missing, they added. "But we are more focused on rescuing those who are alive than collecting details about the dead", he said, indicating the death toll could go up.

The DHM has also forecast heavy rains in western Nepal, where floods have already swept away three concrete bridges.

The heavy rain, which mainly hit the country's southern plains, led to the evacuation of 5,000 people, a Home Ministry official said.

People watch as rescue workers recover bodies of landslide victims even as they try to pull out two buses that were covered in mud after a landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rain in Urla village Himachal Pradesh state India
Death toll in Nepal landslides, floods rises to 49

"Monsoon rains and floods in the past two weeks have affected more than 100,000 people". Nepal Police said 32 persons have been killed in the past month due to flood and landslides.

Footage aired on Nepali TV showed villagers wading through waist-high water with their belongings and using boats to reach higher ground.

Of the 600 tourists stranded in the Chitwan Valley, almost 200 were from India and about the same number from other countries.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba addressed the nation on Saturday evening and announced relief to the victims.

Biratnagar airport in the eastern district of Morang was closed after being submerged in a metre of water, authorities at the worldwide terminal said.

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