8-year-old flood victim laid to rest in Koshi River
August 14, 2017 03:15 PM NPT
SAPTARI, August 14: Dev Kumar Sada (L), uncle of 8-year-old flood victim Kamal Sada, guides the boy's dead body in the Koshi River at Kulari Village in Saptari district, Nepal, on August 13.
Kamal died due to sickness from continuous exposure to rainfall and flooding at his remote village. In the culture of the people that inhabit the region, when a boy dies the body is supposed to be buried, yet since all the land in their village is flooded and water-logged, the family members decided to leave Kamal's body in the Koshi River.
According to government reports, 66 people have died, 50 are missing and thousands of people have been affected due to three days of heavy rains.