The death toll from the widespread flooding and landslides that hit Nepal on Wednesday climbed to 120 with nearly 35 people still unaccounted for and over six million affected by incessant rainfall across the Himalayan country.
The government also said 39 persons were injured from the floods and landslides that were triggered by monsoon rains across Nepal – the worst of such calamity in nearly a decade – as emergency workers scrambled to supply relief to areas devastated by the floods.
Most of the displaced, living in temporary shelters for the past three days, were yet to receive relief supplies in the flood-hit interior areas, the Kathmandu Post reported as more than 2,800 houses have been completely destroyed.
Torrential rains battered the low-lying region bordering India for three days earlier this month.
The Rapti river, which flows through a large part of Nepal towards the southern plains, has flooded human settlements and hotels popular with tourists in the central Chitwan Valley.
Many people, including foreigners, had been stranded in Sauraha, a part of the Chitwan National Park.
On Wednesday, the government sent helicopters to a dozen districts where people were desperate for food and clean drinking water, Ram Subedi, a home ministry spokesman, said.
“We have sent food packets to people because they have been without food for several days. We have also sent tarps, clothes and cooking utensils,” Mr. Subedi said.
“We have been distributing free medicines to flood-affected people for a week. We have also sent water purifiers to prevent water-borne diseases,” he said.
“We have been out on the road without food and clean drinking water for the past four days.
“Many elderly, pregnant and postpartum mothers and children have fallen ill,’’ a man from a flood-stricken area in western Nepal, was quoted as saying.
The Home Ministry said 26,000 emergency workers, including police officers and soldiers, were deployed in flood-hit areas across the country.