KATHMANDU, July 22: Death toll from disaster in the country has so far reached 195. In the 1,525 incidents of floods, landslides, fire, storm among others, 195 lives have been lost, according to the Home Ministry Disaster Preparedness and Response Unit.
The number is likely to rise further as a detail report from some districts of the Tarai is yet to be received, said Head of the Unit, Bednidhi Khanal. Of the deceased, 55 died in floods, 44 from lightning, 34 from the landslide, 13 in incidents of fire, 13 due to high-altitude sickness, nine from the wild animal attack, seven due to heavy downpour, six from snakebite and three from an air crash and three from other reasons.
Likewise, 35 people are missing while 488 were injured. The incidents have caused a loss of around Rs. 2.68 billion. The highest amount of property worth Rs 1.53 billion was damaged by fire. Similarly, flood-damaged property worth Rs 1.05 billion, Rs 65.5 million property was damaged by the storm and Rs 17.8 million by landslides.
Joint-Secretary Khanal said that 12,990 households have been affected by the disaster. The highest 10,697 households have been affected by the storm. Likewise, 1,056 households have been affected by fire, 699 from flood, 207 from lightning, 158 from the landslide, 18 from high-altitude, 75 from the animal menace and 50 from heavy rainfall. One thousand and 264 houses suffered partial damages and 729 complete damages from the disaster.