Death toll in Nepal floods, landslides rises to 90
August 15 2017 10:58 AM
A boy walks along a flooded area in Saptari district in Nepal on Monday.


Floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains in Nepal's southern plains have killed at least 90 people and damaged more than 2,800 homes, the worst such calamity in nearly 10 years.
Thirty-eight people were reported missing, 25 were injured and more than 3,000 pieces of infrastructure, including bridges and telephone towers, were damaged, the Home Ministry said on Tuesday.
Torrential rains battered the low-lying region bordering India for three days last week.
"Rescuing people trapped by floods is the government's first priority. We have also distributed relief materials to them," a ministry statement said.
Pushkar Karki, a spokesman for Nepal Police, said his forces had coordinated with government agencies to provide relief. 
In Jogbani, an Indian border town near the worst-hit city of Biratnagar, seven bodies were pulled from a flooded area on Tuesday, the Kathmandu Post reported.
In Chitwan, home to the country's largest national park, an endangered rhino and six deer were found dead after the Narayani river inundated the area, the newspaper reported.  
As the water level has subsided, authorities have issued warnings about a potential outbreak of water-borne diseases.
"Patients of diarrhoea, jaundice and typhoid have increased in the hospital," a physician in Janakpur, one of worst-hit areas, told Kathmandu Post.
The government announced that each of the disaster victims will be compensated with 200,000 Nepali rupees ($1,950).
The Home Ministry said 26,000 emergency workers, including police officers and soldiers, were deployed. A dozen helicopters, several rubber boats and motor boats were being used to help with the operations.

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