Deadly Flooding and Landslides Devastate Nepal, Kills Over 150 People

The Bagmati River, considered holy by both Hindus and Buddhists, runs through the Kathmandu valley of Nepal before joing the Koshi River in the Indian state of Bihar. The header image shows the river in flood stage during the 2016 summer monsoon season. (Wikimedia Commons)

Several days of nonstop monsoon rains have triggered floods and landslides throughout India and Nepal. So far, the deluge has claimed at least 150 victims in both countries.

Chittry* works with Asian Access in Nepal: “More than 82 people died; I think the number will increase,” he says.

“Christians [and] all Nepali people are suffering at this moment, so we need prayer support.”

Disaster agencies are still trying to access flood zones to help survivors and assess the damage. According to the latest United Nations update, “unseasonal” rains “have left a wake of deaths, missing persons, damage to roads, bridges, hydropower stations, and other physical infrastructure, as well as heavy afloodinggricultural losses due to flooding and landslides across the country.

The agency expects an October 29 update to reveal more information. Flooding is seasonal in South Asia, typically coinciding with the summer and winter monsoon seasons. More about that here.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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