444 dead, 101 missing in monsoon-related disasters in Nepal

444 dead, 101 missing in monsoon-related disasters in Nepal

A total of 444 people died while 101 others went missing due to various monsoon-related natural disasters since April 2020 in Nepal, the Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) said. The calamities include floods, landslides, and lightning strikes, which also resulted in major losses of properties and livestock.

Since the arrival of monsoon rains in early April, 444 Nepalis have lost their lives, 101 went missing, and 739 were injured in floods, landslides, and lightning across the country.

Most of the fatalities were caused by mudslides, which claimed 295 lives, left 64 missing, 223 injured, and 439 livestock lost. Lightning claimed 65 lives, injured 213 people, and killed 696 livestock.

Floods resulted in 42 casualties, 32 others missing, 11 injured, and 272 livestock lost. Fires triggered by severe weather also contributed to the number as 10 people were killed and 144 were hurt.

A total of 1 755 livestock perished in the disasters. NDRRMA added that damages amounted to around 820 million Nepalese rupees or about 7 million dollars.

The latest deaths were in late September when floods and landslides killed 14 people. Around 30 houses were damaged or destroyed in several areas of the Rupandehi District, where four people lost their lives. In Syangja District, landslides claimed nine lives and destroyed a couple of houses. The same disaster occurred in Palpa District, where one person died and two houses were damaged.

In early September, Baglung district was hit by what was considered the country's "biggest disaster of the year," according to home ministry official Murari Wasti. At least 48 people were dead or missing after severe flash floods and a massive landslide struck the area.

Featured image credit: NDRRMA

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