Death toll in Nepal landslides, floods rises to 49

Nearly 100 people died last year in Nepal during the rainy season which typically begins in late June and lasts until the end of August

Nearly 100 people died last year in Nepal during the rainy season which typically begins in late June and lasts until the end of August

More than 30 people were reported dead on Saturday.

"Hundreds of volunteers from Nepal Red Cross Society are working with local people, local security forces and emergency teams to rescue people and evacuate them to safety", said Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, Secretary General, Nepal Red Cross Society.

The swollen Rapti river flooded several hotels in the Chitwan Valley, where the country's first national park is located. He also said that the vehicles of some tourists were swept away in the floods.

"We have helicopters, motorboats, rafts on standby in several places".

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The worst-affected area was the southern Terai plains, where around 40,000 houses were badly damaged, according to government data.

Thousands of residents had been forced out of their houses in the hardest-hit areas, officials said, warning that the death toll could rise as at least 17 people were still missing.

Police said they recovered six bodies.

Nepal Police, Nepali Army and APF personnel are now performing rescue works in the state.

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The home ministry has been approached for help, said an hotelier. Many roads are submerged or covered by debris from landslides, providing further challenges to rescue efforts.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed his condolences and urged people to remain calm.

Similarly, seven people died in Rautahat floods and landslides, two in Bardiya, one in Dhanusha, Makawanpur, Kailai and Palpa districts each. Four persons were killed in Sindhuli, four each in Jhapa and Sindhuli districts, three each in Banke, Morang and Panchthar districts and the rest others in different districts.

Many cities in the Tarai region have been inundated while transportation along the East West Highway has been halted after a pillar of Dudhaura Bridge sank at Pathlaiya-Nijgadh road section.

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