Yesterday, Thursday 21 August 2014, Nepal authorities confirmed to local media that 102 people have been killed in recent flooding there, with a further 125 still missing and 55 injured. The flooding that first struck western Nepal last week has since destroyed 2,683 houses and left 23,753 displaced, most of them in the districts of Surkhet, Bardiya, and Kailali. Roads and bridges have been damaged or destroyed and livestock and crops have been washed away.
The threat of diseases, including cholera, as well as lack of clean drinking water, are of major concern for the government and aid agencies.
Overflowing rivers in Nepal have been blamed for the death of an American tourist who was swept away when he attempted to cross the flooded Paruwa River. Two others are missing after the incident.
The Red Cross are one of the relief agencies working in the affected areas. In a recent report on the current situation in Nepal, they said:
“In response, branches of Nepal Red Cross Society have mobilised more than 200 trained volunteers and staff to conduct rapid assessments, assist in search and rescue operations and provide relief services and first aid to affected people. Relief efforts to many scattered and remote areas are seriously hampered due to the continuous rain and impassable roads. Adding to the gravity of the situation is the lack of temporary evacuation centres. Some families are forced to live in the open”.
The Red Cross also say that the dam created by the massive landslide at Jure, Sindhupalchok, has not yet been fully cleared and still presents a flood risk.
“The situation in the area is being closely monitored as the water from the 2.5 kilometre long dam created when the landslide blocked the flow of the river, has not drained out completely. There’s still risk of the dam collapsing which may cause flash floods further downstream”.