The Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) in Nepal has said that at least 11 people have died as a result of landslides and floods in the country over the last 3 days.
Some areas of the country have seen heavy rain since 30 June 2017 which has triggered several landslides and floods in nine districts.
MOHA reports said that between 01 to 02 July, flooding affected the districts of Kaski, Mugu, Shyanja, Sindhuli and Saptari. Two flood-related deaths were reported, one in Dudhauli, Sindhuli district, and another in Tilathi in Saptari district.
Local media reported that around 1,500 houses were inundated at various settlements in Saptari as flood waters entered settlements.
MOHA said that three people died in a landslide in Parbat district on 01 July. A landslide in Myanglung, Terhathum district on the same day also killed 3 people.
Four landslides were reported in Kaski district where 2 people have died. Two landslides occurred in Pyuthan district, where one death was reported.
Nepal’s Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) said that 109 mm of rain fell in Dhangadi, Kailali District, in 24 hours to 03 July.
According WMO figures, Pokhara recorded 192.1 mm of rain in 24 hours to 02 July. Dang recorded 80 mm and Dhangadi 60 mm during the same period.
Heavy rain also fell between 30 June and 01 July. Dang recorded 83.0 mm and Pokhara 171.0 mm during a 24 hour period.
MFD said that “light to moderate rain to occur at many places of the eastern region and at some places of the central and western regions.”
Nepal’s Hydrology and Meteorology Flood Forecasting Section said that, as of 03 July 2017, no rivers were at or above danger levels. The water level of the Karnali at Chisapani was reported as rising, and as of 03 July, stood at 6.28 metres. However, this is still some way the danger levels of 10.80 metres.
Featured image: file photo – landslides in in Taplejung district, Nepal, June 2015. Photo: Nepal Police