Posted August 27, 2017 by ganas in Disaster

Nepal floods: Elephants pitch in rescue efforts

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

Several motels in Sauraha, in Chitwan district, have been inundated, trapping the vacationers, plenty of them foreigners.

The floods and landslides attributable to torrential rains have killed not lower than 49 people all through the nation.

The Red Cross says 100,000 people have been affected, with communications and electrical power scale back off in plenty of areas.

Pictures confirmed collapsed bridges and roads submerged or lined by particles from landslides, hampering the rescue efforts.

Thousands of residents had been pressured out of their houses throughout the hardest-hit areas, officers said, warning that the dying toll could rise as not lower than 17 people have been nonetheless missing.

A lodge proprietor in Sauraha, 155km (96 miles) south-west of the capital, Kathmandu, said the elephants had been used to take the vacationers to the closest open freeway and airport.

Narayan Prasad Bhatta, the chief district officer of Chitwan district, said: “We are mobilising all the resources we have to ensure that everyone is safe.”

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed his condolences and urged people to remain calm.

“I have already instructed authorities concerned to rescue flood victims, move them to safer locations and immediately provide relief to them,” he said.

The monsoon season, which begins in June and ends in September, causes large floods in Nepal yearly. Officials say additional rain is anticipated throughout the subsequent few days.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring India, 45 people have been killed when an unlimited landslide swept two packed passenger buses off a hillside proper right into a deep gorge.

Officials throughout the northern Himachal Pradesh state said the buses had stopped for a break when the landslide, moreover attributable to heavy rains, hit.