33 dead, thousands evacuated after worst monsoon rains in Nepal


New Delhi: At least 33 people were killed in floods and landslides in western Nepal last week, and thousands of residents were asked to evacuate their homes after the worst monsoon rains, local media reported.

Hundreds of homes were damaged in avalanches and floods after heavy rains hit Karnali district in the northwest of the country.

At least 22 people are still missing across the county and dozens have been injured, according to the BBC.

Amid incessant rain, rescuers find it difficult to reach the mountainous area.

We mobilized police officers to the ground. “We have arranged a helicopter for air rescue from Surkhet,” a police spokesman was quoted by the Annapurna Post as saying.

“However, unfortunately, because the weather has not improved, progress has not been made as expected.”

According to the report, most of the missing came from the low-lying Calicut region. Thousands were evacuated from their homes there last week amid warnings of heavy rain.

The Karnali River also rose more than 39 feet, and many bridges over the river were reported to have been washed away. The Nepalese government has sent relief aid to the area via helicopters.

UN humanitarian agencies said they were distributing food and medicine to the hardest-hit communities in western Nepal.

According to the country’s National Emergency Operations Center, at least 110 people have died this year in rain-related disasters.

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