Grimy aftermath: Residents and security personnel digging through mud following heavy rainfall and landslides in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand, India.
KATHMANDU: The death toll from landslides and flooding triggered by torrential monsoon rains in Nepal and northern India climbed to at least 109 Saturday as tides of water, mud and rocks swept away houses, officials said.
The downpours also displaced thousands of people in the scenic Himalayan region and revived memories of a deadly deluge last year that killed more than 5,000 people in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
“The rains in Nepal over the past three days have killed 85 people and left more than 100 others unaccounted for,” said national disaster management chief Yadav Prasad Koirala.
The rains damaged roads across the country’s western plains bordering India, with poor visibility hindering helicopter rescue efforts to evacuate some 1,500 people stranded in waterlogged homes.
The deaths come two weeks after the worst landslide in over a decade smashed into hamlets in northeastern Nepal, killing 156 people.
Monsoon rains have also forced officials to close a major bridge along the country’s longest highway after it developed cracks and caved in.
Meanwhile, heavy downpours in neighbouring India triggered landslides and flooding that had claimed at least 24 lives since Friday, according to government officials. — AFP