Flash floods and landslides kill 40 in Nepal while thousands are forced to flee their homes
- Water flows wiped out houses in western Nepal on Thursday
- Twenty people were killed and another 13 reported missing in the Myagdi district
- Another 50 people were rescued by helicopters about 125 miles from Kathmandu
- Others perished in the neighboring districts of western and central Nepal
Heavy rains caused flash floods and landslides, forcing at least 40 people and thousands of others to flee their homes, officials said Saturday.
Twenty people were killed and at least 13 others went missing in the Myagdi district, 125 miles northwest of the capital Kathmandu, where several houses were destroyed on Friday, district administrator Gyan Nath Dhakal said.
“Rescuers are looking for those who are still missing in Myagdi,” said Dhakal, adding that 50 people had been brought to safety with helicopters. “Eleven people injured in the landslides were taken to nearby hospitals,” he said.
Seven people died in the neighboring district of Kaski, a second government official in the tourist town of Pokhara said.
Residents and rescue workers inspect the area outside a house damaged by a landslide and the swell of the Thado-Koshi River due to heavy rains in the Jambu village of Sindhupalchok, about 80 km northeast of Kathmandu on July 9, 2020
Another seven were killed in the far west Jajarkot district.
“We are looking for eight missing people,” said Kishore Shrestha, a senior police officer.
Six people died in Gulmi, Lamjung and Sindhupalchowk in central Nepal.
In the southern plains bordering India, the Koshi River, causing deadly flooding in the eastern Indian state of Bihar almost every year, flowed above the level of danger, police said.
Landslides and flash floods occur annually in mountainous Nepal during the monsoon from June to September.
People gather at the bridge damaged by the flood at the Raghu Ganga River in Myagdi, Nepal, July 11