Indian Tourists Among 600 Stranded Due To Nepal Floods

Nepal government appeals for rescue and relief support

Nepal has urged India to open all 56 flood gates of the Saptakoshi dam after water in river exceeded danger levels.

The disaster has mostly affected the southern Teraian plains area where, according to government data, around 40,000 houses were badly affected.

The country's home ministry said on Sunday that the death toll had risen to 49, with 17 people injured and thousands left homeless.

Hundreds have died across India in torrential rain, floods and landslides since the onset of the wet season in April. Officials said they would be fixing the electricity lines soon.

The Ministry also stated that personnel of the Nepalese Army, Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force, trained security persons and other human resources have been mobilized under the leadership of the local administrations for carrying out search and rescue in the flood affected and inundated areas.

Home Ministry has also mobilised a helicopter at Itahari and Surkhet.

Meanwhile, many highway bridges which serve as the lifeline of the nation have been damaged, obstructing vehicular movement for relief and rescue programmes. The rain is expected to continue in the coming days according to the Nepal Meteorological Forecasting Division, raising fears that the rivers will threaten to wash more villages away.

"I have already instructed authorities concerned to rescue flood victims, move them to safer locations and immediately provide relief to them", Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said in a video recording Saturday. In the eastern city of Biratnagar an airport runway was under two feet of water, TV footage showed, leading to a suspension of flights.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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