Around 200 Indian tourists among 600 stranded due to Nepal floods

Around 200 Indian tourists among 600 stranded due to Nepal floods

Around 200 Indian tourists among 600 stranded due to Nepal floods

Heavy monsoon rains have unleashed landslides and floods that have killed at least 160 people and displaced millions of others across northern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh.

Of the 700 tourists stranded in Sauraha in the Chitwan National Park, almost 200 were from India and about the same number from other countries. "We are still collecting the details of the loss", Home Ministry spokesman Deepak Kafle said. Thirty six people have been reported missing, they added.

Police Inspector at Rani Area Police Post, Santosh Niraula, says the bodies were found near a railway station today.

The death toll from the floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall reached 91 as of Monday evening in Nepal, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The swollen Rapti and Budhirapti Rivers have inundated many hotels in the tourist destination.

Electricity supply has been hit in most parts of eastern Nepal and telecom services are down in numerous affected districts.

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The Nepal Army and Armed Police Force are working on the rescue and relief operation.

Monsoon rains, which start in June and continue through to September, are important for farm-dependent Nepal, but they also cause havoc each year.

The meteorological department forecast that central and western plains were likely to receive heavy rainfall from this evening.

Nepal is prone to natural disasters. More than 35,000 houses have been partially submerged, about 1,000 damaged and close to 400 livestock have died due to the flooding, the ministry data showed.

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