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Death toll reaches 49 with 17 more missing in floods, landslides

Death toll reaches 49 with 17 more missing in floods, landslides

The Ministry of Home Affairs, however, put the number of casualties at 17. "But we are more focused on rescuing those who are alive than collecting details about the dead", he said, indicating the death toll could go up.

Dozens of elephants and rafts have been deployed to rescue almost 500 people trapped by floods in a popular resort in southern Nepal, officials say.

Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the accident site in the Himalayan state, said Sandeep Kadam, a senior official at the scene.

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.

The monsoon season, which starts in June and ends in September, causes big floods in Nepal each year.

Footage aired on Nepali broadcasters showed villagers wading through waist-high water with their belongings and using boats to reach higher ground.

Markets Right Now: Stocks drift lower on Wall Street
The major index futures are now pointing to a modestly higher open for the markets, with the Dow futures up by 21 points. MetLife fell 75 cents, or 1.6 percent, to $47.56, while Charles Schwab slid 69 cents, or 1.6 percent, to $41.33.

Last weekend in the central lowlands, four girls from the same family drowned when they fell into a flooded roadside ditch.

Families perched on trees with young children overnight as flood waters swept away homes in a village in southern district of Chitwan, local media reported.

Met department has predicted heavy rains in Terai and some other parts of Nepal.

Around 600 tourists were stranded due to flooding in Sauraha in Chitwan.

Hundreds of houses have been submerged in Morang.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has instructed administrators in flood-hit districts to expedite rescue and relief efforts.


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