More than 100 people have died and dozens are missing in floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in Nepal.
At least 40 others were injured in the landslide and house collapse, and another 41 were missing, police spokesman Basant Bahadur Kunwar said, as survivors complained that they had not received any government help yet.
The rains have reduced in some parts and the weather is expected to improve over the entire Himalayan nation over the weekend.
Heavy rains this week also wreaked havoc in neighboring India, killing at least 88 people and flooding roads, destroying bridges and causing landslides that washed away many homes.
On Thursday, Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba visited the flood-affected areas of the western region and promised a government relief package.
However, many families said that they are still waiting for government supplies and facing tough times on their own. Bhimraj Shahi, who lost six family members in a landslide in remote Humla district, said rescue teams reached the spot on Monday, more than 10 hours after the attack.
“Although there has been an announcement from the government, the real help has not yet reached the family,” Shahi said. Azmat Ulla of the International Federation of Red Crescent Societies in Nepal said the disasters have wiped out crops and homes, a blow to families already grappling with the devastating fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Red Cross teams were assisting the evacuation efforts in both countries. “The people of Nepal and India are caught between the pandemic and worsening climate disasters, affecting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people,” he said.
Kunwar said rescue teams were evacuating people to safer places and taking dozens of injured to hospitals. Officials were still trying to ascertain the number of displaced and the full extent of the damage.
Landslides and floods are common in the Himalayan north of India. Scientists say they are happening more often because global warming contributes to the melting of glaciers.
In February, flash floods killed nearly 200 people and washed away homes in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. In 2013, thousands of people died in floods there.
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