Two dead, hundreds displaced by flooding in Nepal

June 21st, 2008 - 11:15 am ICT by IANS  

Kathmandu, June 21 (DPA) Incessant monsoon rain across Nepal has left at least two people dead and displaced hundreds, media reports said Saturday. At least five districts in western and southern Nepal were hard hit by flooding following days of heavy rain, Himalayan Times newspaper reported.

Two people were swept away in the Jyamire river after heavy monsoon rain caused flash floods in Dailekh district, about 350 km west of the capital Kathmandu, the newspaper said.

Hundreds of people have been affected by flash floods and landslides in other parts of the country.

In Saptari district, about 350 km south-east of Kathmandu, at least 1,000 people were forced to leave their homes in Gobargadha villages after flood water inundated their village.

Landslides and falling debris also blocked several key highways across the country halting traffic, the newspaper said.

The flash floods inundated hundreds of hectares of farmland, destroying or damaging standing crops.

The country’s meteorological department said this year’s monsoon had been particularly active in western Nepal for the past one week.

“Monsoon has spread across the country more quickly than it is normal,” it said. “It is the swiftest movement of the system for several years covering the whole country in just three days.”

The meteorological department said some places in western Nepal had received as much as 250 mm of rain in just a few days, well above the normal.

Hundreds of people die in monsoon related disasters across Nepal each year.

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

Rainfall is often heavy causing landslides and flash floods.

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