Red Cross responds as floods and landslides affect 100000 people in Nepal

Jerome Frank
August 14, 2017

"Our search and rescue teams are working continuously in affected areas".

Ten more people were missing and the number of dead looked set to climb as large parts of the country were under water, officials said.

On Saturday, Mahara called on Indian ambassador Majeev Singh Puri to request him for New Delhi to open the floodgates on the Koshi, Gadak and Rapti rivers, and as per reports, India took prompt action and helped smooth discharge of waters.

Many highways have been obstructed and the government has mobilised security forces and government officials to start search and rescue operations as well as rehabilitation works promptly.

Efforts were also on to pack food items to be distributed to those affected by flooding and landslides, while helipads at Nepal Army's barracks have been kept ready for relief distribution.

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The Red Cross said in a statement the death toll had reached at least 53, with dozens more missing and injured.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has been asked to manage health workers with medicines in flood and landslide affected areas.

Hundreds remain trapped in the most popular resorts. "Hundreds of families are taking shelter in local schools", said Raghu Ram Mehta, a resident of Sunsari district, which has suffered nine deaths, the highest of any district.

In the eastern city of Biratnagar an airport runway was under two feet of water, TV footage showed, leading to a suspension of flights.

"I have already instructed authorities concerned to rescue flood victims, move them to safer locations and immediately provide relief to them". The rain is expected to continue in the coming days according to the Nepal Meteorological Forecasting Division, raising fears that the rivers will threaten to wash more villages away.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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