SURKHET/NEPALGUNJ: The death toll due to landslides and floods triggered by incessant rainfall across the country in the past three days has reached 65, while more than 58 have gone missing.
Till Thursday evening 11 persons had been killed and four were missing, but incessant rainfall on Friday caused more flooding and landslides, increasing the toll dramatically. Surkhet is the worst-hit district with the highest number of casualties: 21 dead, 44 missing.
Of the deceased, who include mostly women and children, only 12 persons have been identified, including Ujjwal Budha, Kuber Sharma and Puja Singh of Lati Koili and Nainakala Karki, Janaki Karki and Kalpana Karki of Taranga.
According to Surkhet Chief District Officer Jagat Bahadur Basnet, the casualties were caused after the flood waters from local Itram Khola, Khorke Khola and Bheri River gushed into human settlements. In Dang, six persons were swept away by the swollen Babai River in Urahari, Duruwa and Purandhara VDCs, while a woman went missing in flooded waters in Goltakuri. In Bardiya, police have found four bodies at Dumre in Baganaha VDC and one in Chepang village. At least four persons are missing in the district. Three teenage students were swept away by the local Ruwa Khola in Asigram VDC of Dhadeldhura.
In Chitwan, police on Friday found the body of a man missing since Thursday. A person died in Kurintar after he was swept away by the local Khola on Friday. Sindhuli, Makawanpur, Bajura, Bajhang and Dhanusha reported one death each due to flooding. One person was missing in floods in Dhanusha. In Banke, two persons have died due to flooding, while two are missing. In Phinam, Gorkha, three women were killed and 11 persons were injured when a landslide struck the local Primary School Friday afternoon. Ten-year-old Kalpana of Syalapakha was killed and her five-year-old brother was seriously injured after their house was struck by a landslide last night in Rukum. Another person was killed by a landslide that struck in the district.
In Rolpa, three persons were killed and one went missing when landslides struck at two places in Rank VDC. In Chitwan, Khotang, Nawalparasi and Salyan, four persons were buried alive by landslides.
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