Nepal floods, landslides leave at least 49 dead, dozens missing, officials say

Hundreds have died across India in torrential rain floods and landslides since the onset of the wet season in April

In neighboring Nepal, police spokesman Pushkar Karki were searching for 85 people reported missing after rivers burst their banks and killed at least 75.

KATHMANDU Police said landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain killed at least 47 people in southern Nepal and left thousands homeless.

The monsoon season, which starts in June and ends in September, causes big floods in Nepal each year.

Of the 700 tourists stranded in Sauraha in the Chitwan National Park, almost 200 were from India and about the same number from other countries.

Another 15,000 have had to leave their homes in the eastern state of Bihar, which borders Nepal and where one official said seven rivers were at danger levels. The floods have created havoc in districts like Banke, Bardiya, Dhanusa, Saptari, Siraha, Sunsari and Morang.

Rescuers recovered 47 dead bodies in India on Sunday before search operations were called off. Source AFP
Rescuers recovered 47 dead bodies in India on Sunday before search operations were called off. Source AFP

All the 35 Indian nationals, who were stranded in Sauraha, a part of the Chitawan National Park, have been rescued, an Indian Embassy spokesperson said.

The natural calamity that has affected the land and electricity in the rural areas of Nepal and killed around 56 peoples. Yesterday, the Nepal government Cabinet held an emergency meeting.

More than 30 people were reported dead on Saturday.

The meteorological department forecast that central and western plains were likely to receive heavy rainfall from this evening.

Security forces are struggling to provide rescue and relief to the affected as portions of highways have either been swept away, collapsed or are obstructed by debris from landslides in many places. Another 20 people died over the last few days in Bangladesh.

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