More than 60 people killed by floods and landslides in four weeks in Nepal


(Planet Today) Hundreds of homes were damaged and residents were forced to flee after flash floods in areas of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. More than 60 people have been killed by floods and landslides in the past four weeks.

The floods started in Kathmandu after heavy rains in late 05 and early 06 September. In some areas, more than 120 mm of rain fell in eight hours. The average norm for Kathmandu in September is about 200 mm.

Local media quoted police sources as saying that more than 380 homes were damaged and more than 200 people were rescued by police and military units across the city.

The worst flooding occurred in areas along rivers in the city, particularly Bagmati and Manohar. Flood waters in Bhaktapur, located between the Kasan and Hanumante rivers, forced residents to evacuate their homes. Lalitpur areas were also affected. On September 06, the water level in the Bagmati near Khokana in Lalitpur reached 4.5 meters, well above the dangerous 4-meter mark.

According to the Nepal Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), the heavy rains in the past few weeks have caused loss of life and property damage throughout the country.

Between August 07 and September 07, 61 people died in the country due to floods, landslides or damage from heavy rains, according to the Home Ministry. Three people are still missing and 50 have been injured. Hundreds of families have been affected and nearly 100 homes have been destroyed. More than 200 rain-related incidents have occurred in four weeks, according to the Interior Ministry.

In recent days, five people died in a landslide in Kushma municipality in Parbat County and four people died in flooding in Gorahi in Dang County.