Nepal: Rain-triggered floods, landslides claim 50 lives

Nepal: Rain-triggered floods, landslides claim 50 lives

Members of the Nepalese army help residents to reach dry ground from a flooded colony in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Reuters Photo)

Floods and landslides caused by incessant rains in Nepal have till now claimed 50 lives and left 25 others injured, police said on Sunday.

Thirty-five people are reported to be missing in the rain-related incidents that have thrown normal life out of gear in central and eastern parts of the country.

Heavy rainfall since Thursday has hit more than 25 districts, affecting 10,385 households.

Nepal Army and police personnel have so far rescued 1,104 people from several places across the country with 185 alone from Kathmandu.

According to Nepal Police, a total of 27,380 police personnel have been deployed across the country for search and rescue operations.

The Flood Forecasting Section (FFS) said that monsoon is active and the rainfall will continue for two to three days in most places across the country, The Himalayan Times reported.

The Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) warned the public to remain on high alert and said that air and road traffic could be affected due to low visibility.

Heavy rainfall has led the water level in the rivers to rise.

FFS said that water level in Bagmati, Kamala, Saptakoshi and its tributary the Sunkoshi has crossed the danger mark.

“People living in these regions should remain alert,” Binod Parajuli, a hydrologist at FFS, was quoted as saying in the news report.

Meanwhile, weather experts have attributed the heavy rainfall in such short duration to climate change.

The Kathmandu Post reported that over the last three days, the country has witnessed heavy rainfall in an indication of the changing rainfall pattern. The country is receiving more rainfall in a short duration of time--an abnormal phenomenon that is slowly becoming a new normal.

“There has been a change in precipitation in recent years. The intensity of rainfall has gone up,” Madhukar Upadhya, a watershed practitioner and climate change expert, told The Kathmandu Post.

“We are experiencing a high intensity of rainfall in short durations,” he said.