Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Scores Killed in Flooding in Nepal and India

Scores Killed in Flooding in Nepal and India

 New York Times | August 18, 2014

The death toll from days of heavy rainfall and flooding in Nepal and India rose to more than 150 on Monday, according to officials in Nepal and India.

At least 105 people were killed in floods in Nepal as of Monday evening, according to the country’s National Emergency Operation Center. More than 100 people are still missing in Nepal, mostly in low-lying areas throughout the country, said Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, a spokesman for the Nepal Ministry of Home Affairs.

More than 11,000 homes have been damaged and roughly 22,000 families displaced in the floods.

Some villagers had climbed to the tops of trees and the roofs of houses before rescue officials, who had been hampered by continuous rain, were able to reach them.