How to stay safe during floods and landslides?

Published On: July 14, 2019 01:54 PM NPT By: Samriti Maharjan

KATHMANDU, July 14: Here are some useful tips for you during the floods and landslides:

- Keep monitoring your surroundings.

- You have to follow local television and radio stations.

- If a flash flood warning is issued for your area move to safer place immediately.

- Flash floods develop quickly. Do not wait until you see rising water.

- Get out of low areas subject to flooding.

- If you are driving, do not drive through flooded roadways.

- Assemble disaster supplies such as drinking water, clean containers, food that requires no refrigeration or cooking, cash, medications and first aid supplies.

- Also assemble clothing, toiletries, battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.

- Keep safe your documents such as insurance papers, medical records, and bank account numbers.

- You have to be prepared to evacuate and identify places to go accordingly. 

- Identify alternative travel routes that are not prone to flooding. Plan what to do with your pets.

- Fill your car’s gas tank.

- If told to leave, do so quickly.

- Review your Family Disaster Plan.

- Discuss flood plans with your family.

- Decide where you will meet if separated.

- Designate a contact person who can be reached if family members get separated. Make sure every family member has the contact information.

Protect your property

-Move valuables and furniture to higher levels.

-Move hazardous materials (such as paint, oil, pesticides, and cleaning supplies) to higher locations.

-Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch them if you are wet or standing in water.

-Bring outside possessions indoors or tie them down securely. This includes lawn furniture, garbage cans, and other movable objects.

-Seal vents to basements to prevent flooding.


(With inputs from

Leave A Comment