Nepal Floods – Death Toll Rises as Relief Operations Begin

The number of victims of the floods in Nepal continues to rise. Latest new reports say there are still 136 people missing in the floods and that the death toll now stands at 101.

Relief Operations

Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center are carrying out rescue and relief operations for the victims of the recent floods that have affected much of western Nepal.

Food and drink has been distributed to over 17,000 families spread across the districts of Surkhet, Dang, Banke, Bardiya and Salyan. The Nepal authorities are also working with local Red Cross volunteers to distribute medicine, clothing and blankets.

Many roads have been blocked by landslides and flood debris, making it difficult to reach many of the flooded villages. Work is under way to repair or clear roads and bridges.

The relief operation includes use of helicopters to deliver food, emergency supplies, medicine and medical workers to the affected areas. The helicopters have also been used to evacuate 100s of people from the worst affected areas.

Disease Outbreak in Binardiya

Local media are reporting that some flood victims in Bardiya are suffering from cholera, fever, diarrhoea and common cold. Those in less remote areas have been able to receive treatment. Health workers are concerned for those in the more remote areas of Bardiya, Banke and Kailali. The Himalayan Times says that if appropriate measures are not taken on time, it may lead to outbreak of cholera.