World
Nepal floods death toll climbs to 101
Publish Date: Aug 18, 2014
Nepal floods death toll climbs to 101
In this photograph taken on August 16, 2014, Nepalese villagers walk through floodwaters in Banke District some 351kms (218 miles) west of Kathmandu. AFP/PHOTO
  • mail
  • img
newvision

The death toll from from landslides and flooding in Nepal has risen to 101 after rescuers recovered four more bodies, officials said Monday, as fears grew of a possible cholera outbreak.

Torrential rain last week triggered multiple landslides and flooding, devastating entire villages, stranding thousands and damaging roads across the country's western plains bordering India.

As the weather cleared Sunday after three days of incessant rain, the government deployed more than 3,400 workers and four helicopters to rescue stranded people and deliver emergency supplies, said Jhankanath Dhakal, chief of Nepal's National Emergency Operation Centre.

"We have found three more bodies this morning, bringing the total death toll to 101," Dhakal told AFP, adding that another body had been recovered overnight.

Dhakal said rescuers were still searching for 126 people reported missing.

As water levels gradually recede, allowing rescue workers to use land routes instead of relying entirely on helicopters, thousands of people have been evacuated into temporary shelters.

In the worst-affected districts of Surkhet, Bardiya and Dang, officials scrambled to provide clean drinking water kits to distraught villagers amid fears of a cholera outbreak.

"We are concerned about water-borne diseases spreading, especially cholera, and have deployed health personnel to distribute water purification tablets and medicines," Dhakal said.

Cholera is a potentially deadly disease spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated by human faeces.

The deaths come two weeks after the worst landslide in more than a decade smashed into hamlets in the hilly northeast and killed 156 people.

Meanwhile, heavy rain in neighbouring India's Uttarakhand state has claimed at least 24 lives since Friday, reviving memories of a deluge last year that killed more than 5,000 people in the same region.

Hundreds die every year in floods and landslides during the monsoon season in South Asia.


 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Pope Francis to focus on poor in S. America trip
Pope Francis makes his first South American trip in two years Sunday, for an eight-day tour of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay....
Libya magnet for jihadists from Tunisia and beyond
Lawless Libya has become a magnet for radical militants who receive weapons training in jihadist camps before launching deadly attacks in other countries, like last week''s beach massacre in Tunisia....
A French judicial probe has found a series of "tragic" errors caused an Air Algerie plane to crash in the Malian desert last year....
Mass killings may be contagious - US study
Mass killings in the US may be contagious, according to a study that found each deadly tragedy can increase the likelihood that another will soon follow....
Two years after Morsi, Egypt stuck in turmoil
Two years after the army deposed president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt is roiled by brazen Islamic State group attacks in the Sinai Peninsula....
No racial motivation in US church fires
FIRES at six African-American churches in the southern United States do not appear to be linked or racially motivated, officials said...
Do you think Ugandan graduates are the worst in the region?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter