KATHMANDU/KABUL – At least 71 people have been killed and hundreds of others have been injured in southeastern Nepal and western Afghanistan, officials said on Monday, due to flash floods that have struck the region in recent days.
At least 30 people have died in the southeastern Nepalese districts of Bara and Parsa, the Home Ministry said on Monday, after a strong rainstorm triggered flash floods.
Most of the affected homes were made from mud and collapsed after electricity poles and trees fell on them during the storm which hit on Sunday night, Home Ministry spokesperson, Ram Krishna Subedi, told EFE.
The death toll and number of injured people may increase further as search and rescue missions were underway on Monday, he said.
Twenty-seven people were killed in Bara and three in Parsa, the spokesperson added.
A large number of personnel from the Nepalese army, police and the armed police force have been mobilized as part of the rescue operation, according to Subedi, who added that the government had also arranged helicopters to airlift those with severe injuries to hospital in the Nepalese capital city, Kathmandu.
Those who were less critically injured were receiving treatment at different local hospitals in the Bara and Parsa districts.
Heavy rains, which have come before the start of the monsoon season that normally begins in June or July, have also affected other countries in South Asia in recent days.
Hashmat Khan Bahaduri, spokesman for the State Ministry for National Disaster Management, told EFE on Monday that at least 41 people had died as a result of the flash floods that struck the western Afghan provinces of Herat, Badghis, Faryab, Balkh, Sar-e-Pol, Jawzjan and Ghor last week.
He said that another eight people were still missing as rescue teams continued search and rescue operations.
Over 5,000 houses were either completely or partially destroyed and damaged in the seven western and northwestern provinces of the country, Bahaduri said.
The spokesperson added that villagers still reeling from last year’s severe drought had lost thousands more animals in the floods.