Over 30 people killed in Nepal floods and landslides

Nepal government appeals for rescue and relief support

Nepal government appeals for rescue and relief support

Almost 600 tourists, including 200 Indians, have been stranded in central Nepal's popular tourist district Chitwan due to flooding triggered by heavy rains that have claimed 49 lives, officials said today.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, seven persons were killed in Sunsari district in southern Nepal.

Police said they recovered six bodies.

Hundreds of families have been displaced in the floods and landslides across the country.

The disaster followed days of heavy rain, which loosens the soil on steep hillsides and threatens villages at the foot of mountains every monsoon season. We will remind, earlier it was reported that as a result of deteriorating weather conditions in Japan, Beijing cancelled more than 1.2 thousand mainly domestic flights. Monsoon rains from June to September are important for farm-dependent Nepal, but they also cause havoc each year.

Footage aired on Nepali broadcasters showed villagers wading through waist-high water with their belongings and using boats to reach higher ground.

In the popular jungle safari resort of Sauraha in Chitwan, hotels were forced to shift their guests to higher floors as water rushed in.

Biratnagar airport in eastern Morang district was closed after being submerged in a metre of water, said authorities at the global terminal.

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology said further heavy rains were expected on Sunday in the country's central and mid-western regions.

Yesterday, Nepal Cabinet had held an emergency meeting during which Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had ordered the local district administrations to intensify the rescue and release activities.