August 12, 2017 06:14 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, August 12: At least 30 people are now confirmed killed and hundreds of families are displaced in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall since Friday in various parts of the country.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Jhapa, Morang Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Palpa, Banke, Bardiya and Dang are the worst affected by floods.
The Home Ministry updates show that seven were killed in Sunsari, four each in Jhapa and Sindhili, three each in Morang, Banke and Panchthar, one each in Bara, Sarlahi, Dang, Palpa and Baridya.
Hundreds of houses have been inundated in the affected districts. Biratnagar airport has been closed after flood water gushed into the airport area.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Janardan Sharma has, expressing sorrow over the loss of lives in water-induced disasters in different parts of the country, directed the security bodies to intensify rescue and relief efforts for the affected.
Talking to journalists at the Ministry Saturday, he said food and rescue materials are ready at the airport to transport to the disaster-hit areas.
He said though he wished to visit the affected districts, adverse weather barred him from doing so. Once the weather permits, he would leave for there, he added.
The government has mobilized Nepal Police, Nepali Army and APF personnel for rescue and recovery work, according to MoHA.