Thousands displaced in Nepal flooding

July 24th, 2008 - 1:25 pm ICT by IANS  

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Kathmandu, July 24 (DPA) Thousands of people were displaced from their homes in eastern Nepal after flooding caused by heavy monsoon rain inundated their villages, media reports said Thursday. More than 1,500 houses were partially underwater in Saptari and Sunsari districts, about 400 km east of the capital, forcing residents to seek refuge elsewhere, the Kathmandu Post newspaper reported.

“Over two dozen villages were inundated by floods triggered by continuous rainfall since Tuesday evening,” the newspaper said.

“The houses were under one metre of water which destroyed foodstuffs clothing and other material.”

Officials said about 9,000 people were affected by the floods in eastern Nepal.

The villages were inundated after the Khado River burst a dam, sending water into villages and agricultural land.

In the neighbouring Sunsari district, the Koshi river burst its banks in several places, inundating dozens more villages.

The flooding in the river submerged an embankment and was now posing a threat to thousands of people living nearby.

The flooding also disrupted transport along the major highway in several places after portions of the road was damaged and a bridge was washed away.

There are also growing concerns about the spread of water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea as people find it difficult to obtain clean drinking water, the newspaper said.

Nepal receives nearly 80 percent of its total annual rainfall during the monsoon season that lasts from June to late September.

About 25 people have so far died in flood and landslide since the start of monsoon rains in June.

The number of death and the scale of flooding has been low this year in comparison to last year, mainly because of subdued monsoon.

According to government figures, at least 150 people were killed and more than 250,000 displaced from their home during flooding last year.
DPA

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