Heavy monsoon rains since Friday, August 11, 2017 caused massive flooding and landslides in parts of Nepal, killing at least 36 and displacing thousands. Dozens are still missing. At the same time, the flood situation in India’s state of Assam worsened drastically and claimed at least 5 people today. The region will receive more heavy rain in the days ahead. Many of the casualties were reported in the Terai region of Nepal bordering India, which faced massive flooding, the Hindustan Times reports.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba called an emergency meeting with home minister Janardan Sharma, police chiefs and other officials to expedite an immediate search-and-rescue operation in Tarai. Several rivers, including the Koshi and the Bagmati are close to or have crossed danger levels. Deputy Prime Minister and foreign minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara requested India open the gates of the barrage on the Koshi, also called the ‘sorrow of Bihar,’ as rising water levels in the river have put dozens of human settlements at risk. READ MORE