Torrential downpour continue to wreak havoc in Nepal, PM Oli instructs urgent action

People gather near the bridge that is damaged due to the flood at Raghu Ganga River in Myagdi, Nepal July 11, 2020. REUTERS/Santosh Gautam

Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has instructed all tiers of government to engage in rescue, relief and rehabilitation programmes of monsoon-hit homeless people as torrential downpour continues to wreak havoc across many districts of Nepal.

Numerous landslides have been reported since Friday, affecting Sindhupalchowk, Myagdi, Jajarkot, and most recently Sankhuwasabha. Flooding has been reported in Seti River, Kali Gandaki River, whereas, communities living along the banks of Narayani and Koshi have been advised to practice a high degree of caution.

In Nawalparasi East, as many as 600 houses have been inundated due to the flood caused by incessant rainfall. 60 houses in Kawasoti Municipality-15 and 16, 70 in Devchuli Municipality and 493 houses in Gaidakot Municipality have got submerged in flood water in the district, informed the police.

Thousands of people have been displaced as monsoon rains continue to damage homes, and the death toll owing to floods and landslides within the past week has crossed 50.

Speaking at the fourth meeting of the National Council for Disaster Reduction and Management on Saturday, PM Oli instructed stakeholders not to delay relief distribution and rescue people trapped in flood, inundation, landslides and other kinds of natural disasters.