Kathmandu, 15 July 2019 (dpa/MIA) – At least 65 people are dead and 30 others are missing after heavy monsoon rains in Nepal triggered flooding and landslides, officials said Monday.
Torrential monsoon rains have hit 30 of the country’s 77 districts over the past week, including the capital Kathmandu.
Police spokesman Ramesh Thapa confirmed that the death toll had risen to 65, with 38 people injured and over 10,000 families displaced in the disaster.
More than 1400 people have been rescued in several parts of the country in the last three days, he added.
In remote north-western Dolpa district on Sunday, landslides buried nine people, he said.
“A child has been rescued. Some bodies have been found, but we’re not yet sure about details,” he said.
The National Emergency Operation Centre said Sunday that some highways blocked by landslides had been cleared while others were still being cleared in several parts of the country.
The monsoon in Nepal, which lasts from July to September, triggers disastrous landslides and flooding every year, killing hundreds of people.