- Rains kill more than 180 in Nepal and India.
- Floods and landslides are recorded in several areas.
- The outlook is bleak for millions of people.
Floods and mudslides caused by days of torrential rains have caused more than 180 deaths in Nepal (99) and India (88) since Monday, authorities said after a preliminary report published by the AP news agency and the portal. Infoabe.
In neighboring India, the intense showers fallen this week have also caused havoc: they left at least 88 dead, flooded roads, destroyed bridges and caused landslides that razed several homes and left thousands homeless and in a shelter.
LOOKING FOR 40 PEOPLE
Nepalese police authorities reported that rescuers are searching for at least 40 missing, raising fears of a spike in the death toll. Search tasks are done by air and by boat, most due to the difficulty of doing it on foot.
Most of the deaths were registered in the eastern and western regions of the country, which suffered heavy rains this week, explained the police spokesman, Basanta Bahadur Kunwar, for which a diagnosis of the areas is made to assess damage and deaths. .
THE WOUNDED ARE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL
“The search and rescue team has been relocating people to safe places and taking the injured to hospital,” said Basanta Bahadur Kunwar, about the intense work of rescuers who work practically day and night in response to calls for help. .
At least 35 injured people are recovering from their injuries in hospitals after being rescued by government teams and some volunteers who do not rest to find more people and in the face of the devastating panorama that thousands of people live in the country. Filed Under: Rain Dead Nepal India
CROPS AND HOUSES DESTROYED
“Crops and homes have been destroyed, a major setback for families already suffering from the devastating consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Azmat Ulla, representative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. in Nepal.
Red Cross teams are assisting in evacuation efforts in both nations. “The people of Nepal and India are caught between the pandemic and worsening climatic disasters, which have a heavy impact on millions of lives,” he added. Filed Under: Rain Dead Nepal India
Rain dead Nepal India: CRY FOR HELP
Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba visited flood-affected areas in the western region on Thursday, calling on authorities to focus on speeding up rescues, aid delivery and recovery for the most vulnerable.
Authorities are still trying to ascertain the total number of homes affected and the extent of the damage caused by the disasters. The first videos of the floods and mudslides, as well as the destruction in both countries, begin to circulate through social networks. To see the video click here.
‘LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL’
The weather forecast for Nepal sees moderate rains on Thursday and an improvement in the weather by the end of the week. However, the authorities will be monitoring the weather day and night, in order to be alert and to be able to react to a drastic change.
India has seen worrying rains in several regions this week. The floods and mudslides caused by the downpours left at least 46 dead in the state of Uttarakhand, in the north of the country, and another 42 in Kerala, in the south, which is on alert for more downpours in the coming days. To see videos of the destruction and rescue, click here. Filed Under: Rain Dead Nepal India
Dead rains Nepal India: TRAGIC FUTURE?
Landslides and floods are common in the northern Himalayas. Scientists say they are becoming more prevalent as global warming contributes to melting glaciers, so there are fears from the population.
In February, flash floods killed nearly 200 people and destroyed homes in Uttarakhand. In 2013, thousands of people died in floods in the state. For this reason, this panorama, although bleak, is not new for the inhabitants of both countries.
Rain dead Nepal India: RESCUE AT ALL HOURS
Rescuers have worked at night to retrieve bodies trapped in the rubble and evacuate those in vulnerable areas, said SA Murugeshan, secretary of the disaster management agency in India, according to the AP news agency.
The mountainous state has seen incessant rains for more than three days that flooded roads, destroyed bridges and caused landslides that washed away several homes. The situation has led to the collaboration of more than 2,000 members of the paramilitary and civil police.
DEATHS FROM SPILLS
Most of the deaths in Uttarakhand were in the picturesque town of Nainital, where 28 people perished on Tuesday, Murugeshan said. Most were caused by collapses of homes or buildings from torrential rains, he added.
In Mukteshwar, a popular hill station in the region, five workers were killed by the collapse of a wall over their hut. In another mountain town, Ramgarh, nine members of the same family died when the rains washed away their home, the official added. Filed Under: Rain Dead Nepal India
Experts say the scale of the downpours is overwhelming. In the first weeks of the month, Uttarakhand recorded 17.8 centimeters (7 inches) of rain, but in just 22 hours on Tuesday it fell almost 58 centimeters (22.8 inches), explained Bikram Singh, director of the Meteorological Center in Dehradun. , the state capital.
According to the expert, climate change has not only increased the frequency of rainfall, but also its intensity. Videos shared on social media showed the Ganges River overflowing as it passed through Rishikesh, as did Lake Nainital. Filed Under: Rain Dead Nepal India
Dead rains Nepal India: DESTRUCTION AND FEAR
India has seen worrying rains in several regions this week. Floods and mudslides killed at least 39 people in Kerala, in the south of the country, which is on alert for more rainfall in the coming days.
The communities are cut off, without food, clothing or goods, so international aid is important. Thousands of people are homeless and it will take months or years to get their wealth back up, while they wait for help from the government.