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Oct 22, 2021

Heavy rain falls claim over 200 lives in Nepal

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Credit: Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi/AP
Credit: Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi/AP

Unseasonal heavy downpours have wreaked havoc allover Nepal killing at over 200 people, while flooding roads, and landslides triggered by days of torrential rains in Nepal that washed away several homes.

According to the Home Ministry authorities, over dozens of people have been missing and injured. Searching for those missing is undergoing sparking fears that the death toll could rise.

Due to unseasonal rains since September 16, paddy worth NRs. 7.5 billion has been destroyed in three states alone.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, 67,919 hectares of paddy fields in the Far West, Lumbini and Province 1 have been damaged by floods and rains. Paddy planted in an area of​​1,98,521 hectares has been affected due to the rains, the ministry added.

Also, the Biratnagar Airport, which was inundated due to floods after unseasonal rains, is to be operated from Today-Saturday.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has stated that the airport, which has been closed for three days due to floods. The airport was closed on October 19 after the airport was submerged. 

Unseasonal heavy rains not only destroyed crops but also have been wiped out several houses but now the weather has been improved.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba visited the flood-stricken areas in the western parts of the country on Thursday, directed authorities to focus on the speedy rescue, relief and rehabilitation of those vulnerable.

He also instructed to provide a government relief package, but residents say they’re still waiting for assistance.

The state run Nepal Television quoting the government said ministers were inspecting the damage in different parts of the country.