TRIPOLI, Sept 28: The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Wednesday highlighted the humanitarian needs in eastern Libya hit by recent deadly floods.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, Aug 27:  Helambu Rural Municipality has requested assistance from the provincial government after the floods in the Melamchi River caused more damage than expected. Informing Republica about the damage caused by the floods and landslides, the rural municipality’s Chairman Nima Galzen Sherpa requested the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Planning under the Bagmati Province Government for assistance.

KATHMANDU, Aug 25: Due to the risk of floods in the rainy season, the Melamchi water supply project remains closed since mid-June, deepening the water supply crisis in the Kathmandu Valley. Even though there is water everywhere in the Kathmandu Valley as it has been raining for the past several days causing flooding of rivers and unorganized drainage, the residents of the valley are facing a shortage of safe drinking water.

DHORPATAN, Aug 21: More than Rs 15 million have been recovered from the floods in Kagbeni, Mustang. Local residents, security personnel, and bank employees discovered the money while clearing the debris on Sunday.

MYAGDI, Aug 14: A massive flood that occurred at Baragung Muktichhetra rural municipality-4, Kagbeni in Mustang on Sunday evening swept away 10 houses, police posts and a bridge.

MALANGWA, Aug 9: At least two people have been reported killed in floods triggered by incessant rains in Sarlahi district.

Mitigating effects of monsoon floods

August 9, 2023 07:30 am

In the past few days, the Kathmandu Valley and various regions across our nation have experienced the relentless power of nature as heavy rainfall triggered floods and landslides. Although there were no human casualties reported, the aftermath of these calamities underscores the critical need for immediate and well-planned government intervention. Safeguarding the well-being of our citizens must stand as our topmost concern, necessitating comprehensive measures to prevent loss of life and property.

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has taken a significant step to support the hydropower sector by offering refinancing for projects that were damaged due to floods.

SIMKOT, July 30: Two villages in Sarkegad Rural Municipality in Humla district are at high risk of floods and landslides due to the incessant rainfall since three weeks. Ripa at Sarkegad Rural Municipality-2 is at the risk of landslide while Rahadeu which falls in Ward No 8 of the same rural municipality is at the risk of both floods and landslides.

SEOUL, South Korea, July 16: South Korean rescue workers pulled seven bodies from a flooded tunnel where around 15 vehicles were trapped in muddy water, as days of heavy rain triggered flash floods and landslides and destroyed homes across the country. Flooding and landslides have killed at least 33 people in Korea and forced thousands to evacuate, officials said Sunday.

KATHMANDU, July 8: Property worth over Rs 60 million was damaged by the recent monsoon floods and landslides in eastern Nepal.

KATHMANDU, June 24: A total of 30 hydropower projects in Eastern Nepal sustained damages worth Rs 8.5 billion due to floods that took place in the past few days.

PANCHTHAR, June 24: A total of 119 families in four local levels have been affected due to floods and landslides in Panchthar.

Manang, May 28: The mountainous district of Manang has not been connected to the national grid.

SURKHET, Oct 16: As many as 10,714 people have been rendered homeless due to the recent floods and landslides in Karnali Province. The Karnali Province Police Office, Surkhet, stated that the largest number, i.e. 5,282 people have become homeless due to the natural disasters in Mugu, followed by 1,763 in Kalikot district, 1725 in Jumla, 639 in Salyan, 566 in Surkhet, 474 in Humla, 207 in Dailekh, 25 in Dolpa, 18 in Jajarkot and 15 in Rukum West.

MANMA, Oct 13: As many as 1,500 houses were damaged by landslides and floods triggered by incessant rainfall  in the past few days.

TIKAPUR, Oct 12: Nearly 700 families have been displaced due to floods triggered by incessant rain in Tikapur Municipality, Kailali district. Similarly, 36 families have been displaced in neighboring Janaki Rural Municipality.

SURKHET, Oct 12: Death toll in the floods and landslides triggered by recent rains has reached 33 in Karnali Province.

JUMLA, Oct 12: Floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall for the past one week have claimed 10 lives in Jumla. One person is still missing, Chief District Officer Mukesh Kumar Keshari said.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, August 28: Incessant rains since Saturday have caused damage to various places in the district. Efforts made to control the Melamchi river and reduce damage in the district have failed as the river changed its course due to heavy downpour.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, July 23: The landslide and flood triggered by incessant rainfall has damaged roads in different parts of Melamchi and Helambu in Sindhupalchowk district.

BIRATNAGAR, June 30: The incessant rain for the past two days has wreaked havoc in Province 1. Floods and river erosion have created panic in the plain region of Province-1 whereas landslides have caused damage in the hill areas.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20: Heavy rain in Malaysia has displaced over 35,000 people in seven states plus the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur as of 11:00 p.m. local time Sunday, according to data from the Malaysian social welfare department.

BAITADI, Oct 24: The death toll due to floods and natural disasters in the Sudur Paschim province, including Baitadi, has risen to 35. Thirty-five people have so far died in the province due to the disasters caused by incessant rains since October 17.

DHARAN, Oct 20: One-way traffic has resumed on the Dharan-Dhankuta section of the Koshi Highway, which was blocked due to floods in the Leuti River triggered by continuous rain.

KATHMANDU, Oct 20: Even after the end of the rainy season, the incidence of floods and inundation has increased across the country due to heavy rains in the last few days. Experts say that this type of unseasonal rainfall may be due to climate change. People's lives have been affected by the disasters caused by the change in the traditional patterns of monsoon and climate.

PARBAT, Sept 24: The Lower Modi-1 Hydropower Project in Parbat district that was damaged by floods on September 2 is yet to resume power generation.

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: The Darkhola Hydropower Project II located in Dhaulagiri Rural Municipality-2 in Myagdi district has been swept away by the flood. The canal and the powerhouse of the hydropower project, which is capable of producing 42 KW, has been swept away due to the flood that occurred on Sunday night.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, August 29: The Helambu Highway has been obstructed again due to continuous rainfall and landslides. Police informed Republica that the road has been blocked by a landslide which occurred at Fatakshila Ratopaharo of Melamchi-Zero Kilo, Melamchi Municipality-13.

TIKAPUR, August 27: The ward office of Tikapur Municipality-7 has issued a notice and appealed to local residents to remain alert as the embankment in Shahipur has collapsed. The ward office has warned the people stating that floods could come anytime.

KATHMANDU, August 2: The resumption of Melamchi drinking water supply to Kathmandu Valley has fallen uncertain as the massive flood on Sunday caused further damages in the infrastructures of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project.

The approach of controlling floods and landslides is being carried out continuously, however gaps between research, government agencies, and local people’s expectations are legitimate reasons for facing yearly losses in the disaster-prone areas.

POKHARA, July 1: Two persons lost their lives in Tanahun after a house collapsed following a landslide caused by continuous rainfall in the region on Wednesday night. The natural disaster has blocked the Prithvi Highway and has destroyed houses and crops at various places as well.

BAJURA, June 28: The incessant rainfall since the second week of this month has thrown life out of gear in the district. Scores of settlements are at risk due to floods and landslides triggered by the monsoon rain.

KATHMANDU, June 20: People's representatives of Melamchi Municipality-1, Sindhupalchowk have decided to contribute their one month's salary for the relief and rehabilitation fund meant for the flood survivors. A meeting of the representatives held on Saturday made a decision to this effect, according to ward chair Krishna Prasad Chaulagain.

BAJURA, June 18: More than 100 villages in the district are in high risk of flood and landslide due to the incessant rains over the last few days.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, June 18: Three foreign nationals have died after they were swept away by flash floods in the Melamchi rivulet and the Indrawati rivulet following incessant rains in Sindhupalchok district. Thirteen persons are still missing in the floods.

POKHARA, June 17: A team of government officials including Gandaki Province’s Chief Minister Krishna Chandra Nepali Pokharel reached Manang, which was ravaged by rain-triggered floods, on Thursday, four days after the disaster wreaked havoc in the mountain district.

PITT TOWN, AUSTRALIA, March 22: Australia was set on Monday to evacuate thousands more people from suburbs in Sydney’s west, battered by the worst flooding in 60 years, with torrential rains expected to continue for another day or two.

SYDNEY, March 22: Australian authorities are planning to evacuate thousands more people on Monday from flood-affected suburbs in Sydney’s west, which is set for its worst flooding in 60 years with another day of drenching rain expected.

MELBOURNE, March 21: Heavy rains along Australia’s east coast over the weekend have brought the worst flooding in half a century in some areas, authorities said on Sunday, forcing thousands to evacuate and damaging hundreds of houses.

MELBOURNE, March 20: Australia’s east coast was smashed by heavy rains on Saturday, sparking dangerous flash flooding that forced the evacuation of multiple regions as the fast-moving waters unmoored houses, engulfed roads, stranded towns and cut power lines.

Implementing DRR policies through effective governance is a key to the reduction of climate change-induced disaster risks and coping with the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis in Nepal and other countries in South Asia.

KATHMANDU, Aug 11: In response to severe flooding that have affected South Asia—most notably Bangladesh, India and Nepal—the European Union has announced to provide €1.65 million in humanitarian aid funding.

BAJURA, July 20: Most of the settlements in Bajura district are at high risk of landslides and flooding due to heavy rainfall. Many roads and trails have been washed away at multiple places. Movement of vehicles and people have been disrupted.

With the monsoon each year in South Asia comes the danger of floods. Communities in the Himalayan foothills brace for impact, with floods wiping away infrastructure, causing landslides, and resulting in loss of lives and livelihoods.

Road to apocalypse

March 11, 2020 09:13 am

Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. Major climate stressors here are rising temperatures, increased floods, landslides and droughts. All major rivers, the agricultural lifelines, receive freshwater supply from melting snows and glaciers, and seasonal monsoon rainfall. Changes in the length, intensity and the amount of water flow in these river systems will adversely affect the population, eco-systems and biodiversity. Situation will be dire for majority of Nepal’s population who live in rural areas and survive on small-scale agriculture.

RAJBIRAJ, Jan 24: Water is hardly seen in Khado River except during the monsoon. During rainy days, it swells and floods wreak havoc in the nearby villages time and again. The river flows through several parts of Saptari district in Nepal, and it also touches villages of Bihar, India. It is the responsibility of the authorities of both the countries to free people of the fears of floods and ensure their safety. Locals say, ‘nobody’ is however concerned over their plights.

MELBOURNE, Jan 18: Parts of Australia’s east coast were hit by severe storms on Saturday, dousing some of the bushfires that have devastated the region for months but causing road closures and flash flooding.

Save people from cold

December 25, 2019 09:48 am

Nepal’s Tarai plains have always suffered—from floods and inundation during the rainy months, from heat wave during summer and from cold wave during winter months. In almost all the cases people from the low-income bracket—such as Dalits and marginalized communities—have to bear the brunt.  It is no different this winter.