109 killed in floods, landslips, lightning since April 13: GovtAs many as 109 people have been killed—47 in landslides and flooding and 62 in lightning bolts—and 197 others have been injured in such natural disasters since April 13, Minister for Home Affairs Shakti Basnet told Parliament on Friday.
As many as 109 people have been killed—47 in landslides and flooding and 62 in lightning bolts—and 197 others have been injured in such natural disasters since April 13, Minister for Home Affairs Shakti Basnet told Parliament on Friday.
According to the data prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs, lightning was the leading cause of death across the country and Makawanpur and Dhading are the districts where the highest number of casualties by lightning was recorded.
According to Basnet, 121 cases of flood and landslide were reported during the period. At least 16 persons from around a dozen districts have gone missing. Similarly, 112 houses have been destroyed, while 160 houses have been partially damaged due to rain-induced disasters.
“Lightning injured 140 people,” said Basnet. “Over a dozen districts have been affected by rain-induced disasters.” Basnet was updating the House about the deaths and destructions caused by rain-induced disasters as per Speaker Onsari Gharti’s Thursday’s ruling. “The government is airlifting locals from areas vulnerable to landslides and flooding in Sindhupalchok to safer locations,” Basnet told the House.
58 flood victims rescued
As many as 58 people affected by floods in Tatopani, Liping and Kodari in Sindhupalchok district were rescued by a Nepali Army helicopter on Friday. Inspector Khumlal Bhusal said police also rescued flood victims from Dashkilo near Tatopani. “They have been moved to Barhabishe, Jalbire and Chaukidanda area now,” he said. On Thursday, at least 100 families had fled their settlements after the swollen Bhotekoshi river caused massive land erosion.
In Jajarkot, landslides buried four school buildings and five houses in Laha and other VDCs. Police said 26 families of Laha-4 are at high risk of landslides. A landslide that occurred at Chaurikharka in Solukhumbu district has destroyed around six houses. Police said the landslide also swept away two houses.
Similarly, a flood in Bakraha stream has threatened villagers of south Morang.
(With inputs from our local correspondents)