The landslides and floods triggered by the monsoon rainfalls continue to ravage parts of Nepal amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, as many as 85 people died and 46 went missing due to monsoon-induced disasters in the country so far.
Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Maheshwor Neupane has presented these figures at the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee meeting under the House of Representatives on Monday.
According to Secretary Neupane,
The monsoon-induced disasters have caused severe loss of lives, property, livestock, and infrastructure in Parbat, Bajhang, Gulmi, Palpa, Rukum, Kaski, Jajarkot, Sindhupalchok, Dolakha, Sarlahai, Tanahun, and Sankhuwasabha districts.
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The Nepali Government has already initiated the rescue operations in these districts, but many areas remain inaccessible due to damage of roads and bridges.
The government is also preparing to use the amount from the NPR 1.80 billion worth deposits in the Prime Minister Natural Disaster and Relief Fund to provide relief to the victims.
Meanwhile, the lawmakers from various parties urged the federal government to effectively launch relief and rehabilitation packages in the damaged areas in coordination with the local authorities.
Landslides and flash floods are very common in Nepal. Every year, the southern parts of the country are battered with monsoon floods, whereas the hilly districts are affected by landslides.
Most of these water-induced disasters occur during the monsoon season (June-September), which receives 80% of the country’s total annual rainfall.
However, the anthropogenic activities are equally responsible for the frequent floods and landslides in Nepal.