A flood victim of Bhimdutta Municipality of Mahendranagar points out to his hut damaged by the recent post-monsoon disaster. Photo: RSS
October 25: A total of 26 districts have been badly affected by the post-monsoon disaster triggered by torrential rainfall since October 17. According to the government authorities, floods and landslides in different parts of the country have so far claimed the lives of 117 people.
The post-monsoon rainfall was caused by the combined effect of the wind from the Bay of Bengal and the westerly wind. It resulted in floods, landslides and inundation in 26 districts, the state-owned national news agency RSS reported.
Province-1 was the worst affected by the disaster. It recorded the maximum number of casualties followed by Sudurpachim Province.
In the first two days (October 17 and 18), Sudurpaschim Province recorded huge loss of lives and properties, which later shifted to Province-1. Comparatively, other provinces were less affected.
The data shared by the Home Ministry on Sunday (October 24) confirmed the deaths of 117 people due to the post-monsoon disaster.
In the last 36 hours, five bodies of those missing were recovered, while 32 others are still missing, RSS reported citing the chief of the Disaster Management Division at the Home Ministry, Humkala Pande.
Of the killed ones, 56 are men, 35 women and 25 children. Similarly, among those missing are 13 are men, 7 women and 12 children.
Meanwhile, 44 persons have been injured by the floods and landslides while some of them have returned home after treatment, Pande added.
The Home Ministry further stated that 118 houses were destroyed and 30 houses were partially damaged.
According to RSS, climate change expert Dr Ngamindra Dahal said that such torrential rainfall caused after monsoon could be linked to climate change.
Rainfall has largely subsided while the Meterological Forecasting Division has forecast generally cloudy weather in different parts of the country.