Floods, landslides claim more than 1000 lives in five years

August 26, 2017

A total of 1,037 people have lost their lives while 534 have gone missing in the last five years in floods and landslides.

Likewise, the number of injured is exactly the same with that of missing ones, Said the Ministry of Home Affairs.

As per the records, 480 people lost their lives in floods and 557 in landslides since 2069/070 BS.

Similarly, 341 people have gone missing in the floods and 193 in landslides.

The report further revealed that 45 people died in Bardiya, 34 in Surkhet, 31 in Dang, 23 in Morang, 24 in Banke, 20 in Sindhuli, 18 in Rautahat, 15 in Sunsari while 13 each in Sarlahi and Nawaparasi, 12 each in Udayapur and Saptari, 11 each in Makawanpur and Kalikot, 10 in Jhapa and nine in Kathmandu.

The Ministry stated that 97 people went missing in Surkhet, the highest among the affected districts.

A view of the landslide at Bhoje village in Kolosothar Rural Municipality, Lamjung, on Monday, August 7, 2017. Photo: THT

Heavy floods in 2071 BS had taken its toll on many people in Surkhet, Bardiya and Dang districts causing loss of nearly Rs 15 billion, the Ministry said.

Likewise, altogether 557 people died and 193 were missing in the landslides during the period.

According to the Ministry, property worth more than Rs 4.62 billion was damaged by the landslides.

Landslides claimed the highest lives at 53 in Taplejung district followed by Sindhupalchowk (50) and Kaski (44). Similarly, 25 people died in Gulmi, 18 in Sankhuwasabha, 17 in Palpa, 14 each in Dolakha and Ilam, and 12 in Nuwakot districts, showed the report.

During the period, 123 people have gone missing in Sindhupalchowk district while the number of people missing in landslides stood 11 and 6 respectively in Dolakha and Sankhuwasabha districts.

The five-year data also revealed that floods led to more destruction of physical structures while the human casualty is high in landslides.

‘The installation of an early warning system in the major rivers of the country is also declining the number of deaths from floods, said the Home Ministry Spokesperson Ram Krishna Subedi.

Floods in Hunumante Khola inundates Madhyapur Thimi of Bhaktapur on Tuesday, July 26. Photo: RSS