KATHMANDU, July 12: A total of 53 individuals died, nine have gone missing and 22 were injured in various monsoon-related incidents across the country in the last nine days.
According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Home Affairs, 53 people in over 40 districts lost their lives in disasters like landslides, flooding, lightning and other incidents triggered by rainfall in the past nine days. Similarly, nine individuals in Tanahun, Sarlahi, Kavrepalanchowk, Nuwakot, Kaski, Manang, Kanchanpur, Dhading and Dhankuta have gone missing. Likewise, 22 others have sustained injuries in monsoon-related incidents.
The ministry’s data shows that drowning was the cause of most of the deaths, which occurred as people attempted to cross swollen rivers. In Sarlahi alone, five individuals drowned. Similarly, four individuals in Banke, three in Sindhuli and another three in Parsa drowned in the past nine days. In hill districts including Makawanpur and Rolpa, five individuals lost their lives in landslides.
Likewise, two persons in Nawalparasi died due to lightning strike.
Officials at the Ministry of Home Affairs said that the local bodies have been carrying out search operation to find out those who have gone missing in floods and landslides.
On Tuesday alone, three individuals lost their lives from drowning in Sunsari, Siraha and Bardiya each.