Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Death toll reaches 49 with 17 more missing in floods, landslides

Death toll reaches 49 with 17 more missing in floods, landslides

Kathmandu: Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have left more than 30 people dead in Nepal in the past 24 hours, the authorities said on Saturday.

The Red Cross said in a statement the death toll had reached at least 53, with dozens more missing and injured. Local officials have opened temporary shelters for displaced people in schools or public buildings.

Police said they recovered six bodies. "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.

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The Meteorological Forecasting Division has forecast moderate to heavy rains to continue across the country for the next few days. We will remind, earlier it was reported that as a result of deteriorating weather conditions in Japan, Beijing cancelled more than 1.2 thousand mainly domestic flights.

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

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology said further heavy rains were expected on Sunday in the country's central and mid-western regions.

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Almost 100 people died previous year in Nepal during the rainy season, which typically begins in late June and lasts until the end of August. Biratnagar airport has been closed after flood water gushed into the airport area.

"I have already instructed authorities concerned to rescue flood victims, move them to safer locations and immediately provide relief to them", Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said in a video recording Saturday.

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