Death toll in floods and landslides reach 67; many highways remain obstructed

A street in Biratnagar is inundated after three days of rain in July 2019.

Kathmandu, July 15

Nepal Police Headquarters says the death toll in floods and landslides in various parts of the country since Thursday night last week has reached 67. Likewise, many roads and highways are still obstructed.

As of 11:45 am, a total 41 men and 26 women died in the disasters, according to police.

The national police force says 38 persons including 17 women and 21 men have sustained injuries and they are undergoing treatment at various health facilities. Likewise, 30 people including 12 women and 18 men are missing.

In the past four days, police and locals have rescued total 1,446 people, as per the police record.

Meanwhile, various roads and highways of the country are still obstructed due to landslides and floods, according to Nepal Police.

The East-West Highway has been obstructed in Bardibas of Mahottarai district after a flood swept away a bridge over Bhapsi River. A diversion was brought to operation on Sunday, but it was closed after the water level in the river increased, according to police.

Likewise, the Karnali Highway is obstructed in Shubha Kalika rural municipality-1 of Kalikot district after a landslide.

Police inform that roads in Manang, Mustang, Okhaldhunga, Lalitpur, Makawanpur, Sindhuli, Ramechhap, Bhojpur, Dhankuta, Rautahat and Palpa districts are obstructed.

Efforts are underway to resume traffic operation after clearing the blockages.

Published on July 15th, Monday, 2019 11:38 AM

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