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Severe floods and landslides wreak havoc across Nepal’s Gandaki Province

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Incessant heavy rainfall battering Nepal's Gandaki Province since Tuesday, June 15, 2021, resulted in damaging floods and landslides in which at least 7 people lost their lives. At least 19 others are still missing as of Thursday, June 17.

Heavy monsoon rains began Tuesday, with the areas of the Sindhupalchok District the worst hit. Many residential building complexes were damaged in Helambu and Melamchi.

According to chief district officer Bishnu Lamichhane, the complete assessment of damage is yet to be finalized, but reports have shown so far that flooding submerged 30 houses in Talgaun, 48 in Chame, and 15 in Dharapani, partially damaging or destroying them.

Seven people were killed in floods and landslides. The bodies of the victims, who went missing on Tuesday, were retrieved Wednesday morning. At least 19 others are still missing.

The victims were working in Melamchi trout farm, Sindhupalchok chief district officer Arun Kumar Pokharel told the media.

The government has deployed the army to conduct rescue missions for people trapped in flooded houses, he added.

Rudra Prasad Dulal, Ward Chair of Sindhupalchok, told ANI that the flooding incident could be the result of a glacial outburst near Tibetan territory. 

"The reason behind this flash flood is attributed to heavy rainfall in upper lying areas. Shaken by the 2072 (Nepali date of 2015 earthquake) earthquake, creeks on the inner areas of the hills are suspected to be swept by large masses of ice and muds contained by it. We have suspected it to be a reason for flooding," he explained.

This year's monsoon season in Nepal started on June 12.

Featured image credit: Nepal Red Cross Society

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