Red Cross responds as floods and landslides affect 100000 people in Nepal

FILE A woman carrying a child walking through a flooded alley at Bagalamukhi Lalitpur on Friday

Ten more people were missing and the number of dead looked set to climb as large parts of the country were under water, officials said.

Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 49 people in southern Nepal and left thousands homeless, officials say.

A hotel owner said they used elephants to transport tourists to the nearest open highway and airport to help them return to the capital Kathmandu.

Around 600 tourists, including 200 Indians, are stranded in Nepal's Chitwal town because of widespread flooding and landslides caused by heavy rain, unidentified officials said, according to PTI. Power and communication has been cut off in many areas and emergency services have had a hard time accessing some places. Other roads remain blocked by the landslides, slowing down the rescue efforts.

Chief District Officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta said four rubber rafts have been sought from neighbouring Devghat to carry out relief operations.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, in a telephonic conversation with Nepal's deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara on Sunday evening, pledged all possible support.

Likewise, the Ministry has urged the Ministry of Health to dispatch a team of health workers to the affected areas along with medicines. 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.

Meanwhile, an emergency meeting led by Home Minister Janardan Sharma on Sunday formed a central command post for intensifying rescue operations. Officials have warned that the death toll could increase because at least 17 people are still missing.

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