Nepal – 12 Killed After Widespread Flooding

Twelve people have been reported as killed in landslides or floods in Nepal over the last few days. At least 13 districts have been affected.

Days of heavy monsoon rain caused several landslides in separate incidents in Nepal. The heavy rain has also led to increased river levels. The Koshi, Chandi, Kamala and Bagmati rivers are all dangerously high.

Local media say that the flooding situation has caused severe damage in some places bringing communications and transport services have come to halt.

Areas Affected

At least 13 districts in Nepal have been affected by heavy rainfall, floods or landslides. The districts include:

  • Banke
  • Bardiya
  • Chitwan
  • Rautahat
  • Sarlahi
  • Udayapur
  • Dang Deukhuri
  • Rukum
  • Jajarkot
  • Morang
  • Sindhuli
  • Dhanusha
  • Siraha

Deaths and Casualties

Up to 12 people are believed to have been killed as a result of floods or landslides over the last few days.


Two people were killed in landslides in Jajarkot district on Thursday 14 August 2014.  Several remain missing. Also on Thursday, two people were killed in a landslide in Rukum district. A further landslide in Chitwan district left one person dead.


As many as 10 people have been swept away by raging rivers and flood waters in Morang, Sindhuli, Siraha, Dhanusha and Udayapur districts. Five bodies have been recovered.

Flood Damage

Scores of houses were inundated in Banke, Bardiya, Chitwan, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Dang Deukhuri and Siraha districts, displacing or marooning hundreds of people.

The overflowing Kamala river has flooded after 100 meters of the river embankment has been swept away in Lahan Municipality, Siraha District. Over 500 houses have been damaged as a result.

The swollen Babai river has damaged 100s houses swept away in Dang Deukhuri District. According to Nepal news My Repuiblica “villagers have climbed to the tree-tops and hillocks nearby to save their lives”. Authorities will attempt to airlift the victims to safety.

According to The Himalayan Times, 400 people are marooned by flood water in Rautahat after the swollen Bagmati River flooded the area on Thursday 14 August 2014.


Below are Nepal rainfall figures according to WMO for a 24 hours period 13 to 14 August 2014.

  • Bhairawa -70.9 mm
  • Simra – 88.5 mm
  • Okhaldhunga -103.8 mm
  • Biratnagar – 157.7 mm
  • Dhankuta – 69.6 mm
  • Pokhara – 74.7 mm