At least 126 people killed in floods and landslides in Gandaki Pradesh, Nepal

At least 126 people killed in floods and landslides in Gandaki Pradesh, Nepal

At least 126 people have lost their lives to natural disasters, such as floods and landslides, triggered by monsoon rains this year in Gandaki Pradesh, Nepal. The Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) forecasts moderate to heavy rains throughout the country until Saturday, September 26, 2020.​

This year's monsoon rains have caused floods and landslides that affected all districts in Gandaki Pradesh. 

The provincial government assured that efforts are being made to assist victims in the worst-hit districts. However, officials were having a tough time managing permanent settlements for displaced people.

According to Minister of Internal Affairs and Law Hari Bahadur Chuman, most of the deaths occurred in Baglung with 52 fatalities, 29 in Myagdi, 13 in Tanahun, 10 in Kaskiand, nine in Parbat, and five in Syangja.

The minister added that damage assessment is underway to identify damaged houses in various districts.

Each of the victims' families were pledged a financial assistance of 50 000 rupees from the Gandaki government.

In Myagdi, some of the families of the deceased said they are yet to receive the relief.

Food assistance amounting to 600 000 rupees and 422 tents have been provided for the displaced in the said district.

200 000 rupees each was allocated for Manag and Mustang and 1 million rupees each to the remaining nine districts. 

In Baglung, the government has allocated four million rupees due to the widespread damage.

Up to 50 000 rupees were prepared for the treatment of victims who sustained injuries in the calamities.

MFD predicts moderate to heavy rainfall with thunder and lightning is forecast throughout Nepal until Saturday.

"A low-pressure area is now located over Chhattisgarh state of India and is advancing to the west and north-west of Nepal, bringing in more rains," the forecast stated.

Monsoon rains are likely to hit the provinces of Bagmati, Gandaki, Karnali, and Province 1 and 5.

"The heavy rainfall may trigger the rise in water level in many rivers, leading to the incidents of inundations and landslide," MFD warned.

Featured image credit: Rabilal Poudel Official/YouTube

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