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Friday, 24 July 2020

Another 132 people killed in Nepal bringing the total to more than 700: The area has been suffering torrential rain since the beginning of June. Almost 10 million people have been displaced across a wide spread of Southern Asia as torrential rains continue to cause havoc

An aerial view of a massive landslide in the hilly region. Credit Katmandu Times

Heavy rains have triggered landslides and flash floods in Nepal leaving at least 132 people dead, according to reports. Nepal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority said 132 people dead, 128 injured, 53 missing and 998 families affected due to rainfall, landslides and floods in the country. The Myagdi district of western Nepal was the worst affected with 27 reported deaths. The authorities have stepped up search and rescue operations. Officials and police personnel are looking through the debris to find out missing persons.

Earlier this month more landslides killed 23 in Nepal, with dozens missing. Heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides that killed at least 23 people and displaced thousands in western Nepal, officials said on Saturday the 12th of July. 

The area has been suffering torrential rain since the beginning of June. Almost 10 million people have been displaced across a wide spread of Southern Asia as torrential rains continue to cause havoc in the area. Thousands more are struggling to get food and medicine, nearly 600 people have died in India and Nepal. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, or IFRC, claimed a humanitarian crisis can not be avoided, saying that close to one-third of Bangladesh has already been flooded, with more flooding expected in the coming weeks.

It said that 2.8 million people have been affected and that more than 1 million are isolated. In India, over 6.8 million people have been affected by the flooding, mainly in the northern states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Meghalaya bordering Bangladesh, the IFRC said, citing official figures. In India's northeastern state of Assam alone, some 2.5 million people were affected and at least 113 have died, authorities said. M.S. Manivannan, head of Assam's Disaster Management Authority, said many rivers were still flowing above the danger level.

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