According to local media, at least 33 people have perished in landslides and floods in western Nepal during the past week.
The northwestern region of Karnali of Nepal was slammed particularly hard by the monsoon rains, forcing thousands of citizens to flee, according to officials. Avalanches and water have caused damage to hundreds of homes.
Throughout the province, at least 22 individuals are still missing, and dozens more have injuries. Rescuers have reported difficulties reaching the mountainous area due to the persistent rain.
“We have organized the local police force.” According to a police spokesman quoted by the Annapurna Post, “We have set up a helicopter for air rescue from Surkhet.”
“Unfortunately, progress is not being done as projected due to the weather not improving.” The low-lying Kalikot district was where the majority of reports of missing persons originated. In the previous week, thousands of people there were forced to leave their houses due to severe rain warnings.
The Karnali river had risen to above 12 meters (39 feet) in several parts of the province, according to Nepal’s emergency authorities. Local media claimed that a number of suspension bridges spanning the river had also been destroyed.
Government representatives have sent helicopters carrying relief to the area. The hardest impacted areas in western Nepal are receiving food and medicine, according to the UN’s humanitarian organizations.
The monsoon season in Nepal, which normally lasts from June to October, is almost over. According to the National Emergency Operation Centre, tragedies caused by rain have claimed at least 110 lives this year.
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