Nepal – Heavy Rain and Floods in Southern Central Areas Leave 4 Dead, Houses Destroyed

Disaster authorities in Nepal report that heavy rain triggered flooding in southern central parts of the country from 24 September, leaving at least 4 people dead and 6 injured. The flooding comes just days after heavy rainfall caused deadly landslides in Syangja and Palpa districts.

According to Nepal’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA), 6 people were injured and 12 houses destroyed after flooding in several areas of Rupandehi district from 24 to 27 September. A further 18 houses were damaged and a total of 38 families affected. Local media, quoting police sources said that one person died after being swept away by flood waters of the rain-swollen Rapti river in Butwal Sub-metropolis. Several other rivers overflowed in the district, including the Tinau and Danab.

Meanwhile local media report that 3 people died after being were swept away by flood waters in separate incidents in Makwanpur District on 26 September.

Parts of southern central Nepal saw heavy rain of over 300 mm in 3 days to 25 September. Semari of Pasasi district, about 40km south east of Butwal, recorded 168 mm of rain in 24 hours to 25 September, according to Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM).

Rainfall in Nepal from 22 to 25 September 2020. This map from Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) shows significant rainfall (shown in purple) for southern central areas of the country. Image: DHM