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Hundreds Dead Or Missing In Nepal Floods, Landslides

August 17, 2014

By The Japan Economic Newswire

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Floods and landslides caused by four days of heavy downpours across Nepal have left 92 people dead, 125 missing and 10,745 families displaced, the Home Ministry said Sunday.

Some 5,220 houses have been inundated and hundreds of houses have been destroyed since Thursday when the first deaths were reported.

The deaths and damage to property occurred in 21 of Nepal`s 75 districts, according the ministry`s National Emergency Operation Center.

"Four helicopters and thousands of security personnel have been mobilized for rescue and relief," Punya Dhakal, an official at the NEOC, told Kyodo News.

"It is still raining in many of the disaster-affected areas and hundreds are awaiting rescue on rooftops and treetops," he added.

This year`s monsoon has caused significant loss of lives and property in Nepal.

Earlier this month, a massive landslide that blocked a major river left 156 people dead in Sindhupalchowk district in central Nepal.

The landslide blocked the Sunkosi River that features several hydropower projects and the blockage led to the formation of a 3-kilometer artificial lake.

Hydropower projects downstream of the disaster site have remained shut since the disaster, leading to additional electricity rationing in the chronically power-deprived nation.

Despite water overflow, the artificial lake has still not been cleared and settlements downstream of the blocked section of the river remain at risk of flooding in the event the lake bursts through the dam formed by the landslide.

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(c) 2014 Kyodo News

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Story image: In this file photo, Nepalese rescuers search for bodies of victims of a landslide as a damaged school bus lies on left, in Mankha, about 75 miles east of Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Aug.4, 2014. AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha

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