Monday 10th August 2020

Nepal Monsoon Mayhem: 85 People Dead, 46 Missing!

So far, 134 houses have been completely damaged, and 11,000 houses are at high risk.
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Nepal Monsoon Mayhem: 85 People Dead, 46 Missing!

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.

Ministry of Home Affairs Maheshwor Neupane

According to Secretary Neupane,

  • 134 houses were completed damaged due to flash floods and landslides
  • 11,000 houses in 14 districts are at high risk
  • Around 700 houses need immediate relocation

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.

[Also Read: Nepal Continues to Reel Under Monsoon Havoc!]

The Nepali Government has already initiated the rescue operations in these districts, but many areas remain inaccessible due to damage of roads and bridges.

Daunne in Bardaghat Susta Land Slide

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.

Land Slide Pictures in Nepal

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.

Monsoon Triggered Floods Nepal

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.

Monsoon Floods In Nepal

[Also Read: Nepal Braces for Monsoon Mayhem Amid COVID-19 and Locust Invasion!]

Most of these water-induced disasters occur during the monsoon season (June-September), which receives 80% of the country’s total annual rainfall.

Rain Triggered Floods Nepal

However, the anthropogenic activities are equally responsible for the frequent floods and landslides in Nepal.

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