Death toll crosses 20 with dozens missing in Nepal landslides

Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal have led to dangerous landslides that have killed 23 people and more than a dozen are missing.

There have been multiple landslides till now and in the last 24 hours, the toll of the deceased crossed 20 with thousands of people being displaced due to the possibility of landslides in their area. Seven people, including three children, lost their lives due to landslides in Kaski district. In Myagdi district, nine have lost their lives and 30 are still missing.

“The toll is expected to increase as rescuers had just reached the remote site to look for victims,” Dhakal said, adding that 50 people had been plucked to safety using helicopters.

Safety is nowhere guaranteed in any part of the Himalayan nation. On Thursday night, three members of a family were killed in Besishahar of Lamjung district and in a separate incident,  two others lost their lives in the Aathbiskot area of Rukum district.

Narayani and other major rivers in the country have swollen due to the continuous downpour for the last 48 hours.

12 people have gone missing in Jajarkot among them, dead bodies of seven have been recovered and that includes a 10-year-olds body as well. “We are searching for eight people who are still missing,” said Kishore Shrestha, a senior police official, reports the Deccan Herald.

Though heavy rains and landslides are common occurrences in Nepal, the country always suffers because of the destruction caused during this time of June to September. Safety gatherings and public safety couches in a time like corona is also dangerous. These are extremely tricky times for Nepal. There is a pandemic going on, monsoon rains have displaced a lot of people from their land and made them gather in a common public area and the political turbulence is as it is delaying the safety measures. The meteorological department of Nepal has forecasted continuous rains for another three days.

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