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Kathmandu, Nepal (AP) — Floods and landslides caused by torrential rains over several days have killed at least 99 people in Nepal since Monday, officials said.
In neighboring India, this week’s heavy rains also caused havoc, killing at least 88 people, flooding roads, destroying bridges, landslides and washing away some homes.
Nepalese police said rescuers were looking for at least 40 people reportedly missing, raising concerns that the death toll would increase.
According to police spokesman Basanta Bahadur Kunwar, most of the deaths occurred in the eastern and western parts of the country where it rained heavily this week.
“The search and rescue team moved people to a safer place and took the injured to the hospital,” he said.
At least 35 people injured in the rain have been rescued and are in the hospital.
Azmat Ura of the International Federation of Red Crescent Societies in Nepal said: The Red Cross team supports evacuation activities in both countries.
“People in Nepal and India are sandwiched between pandemics and worsening climate disasters, which has a significant impact on the lives and lives of millions of people,” he added.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Sherba Hadurduba visited the flood-affected areas of the western region and instructed authorities to focus on the prompt rescue, rescue and rehabilitation of vulnerable people.
Authorities are still trying to determine the number of displaced households and the full extent of the damage caused by the disaster.
Nepalese forecasters expect moderate rainfall late Thursday, but expect good weather by the weekend.
India has been raining annoyingly in some areas this week. Floods and landslides from heavy rains over the course of a week have killed at least 46 people in northern Uttarakhand and 42 in southern Kerala.
Landslides and floods are common in northern India’s Himalayas. Scientists say they are becoming more frequent as global warming contributes to the melting of glaciers there.
In February, flash floods killed nearly 200 people and washed away homes in Uttarakhand. In 2013, floods killed thousands.
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