Kathmandu, Sept 8:Â This monsoon a total of 260 people were killed, 160 have been injured and 254 have gone missing in numerous incidents of floods and landslides that hit 42 districts across the country. According to latest report of natural disaster-caused damages presented at the meeting of Legislature-Parliament, Good Governance and Monitoring Committee by the government, a total of 8,488 houses were completely destroyed while 23,248 houses suffered partial damage in the monsoon rains-triggered flooding and landslide.
Property worth Rs 7.79 billion was damaged in the incidents of natural disasters across the country. Victim families have so far been provided with foodstuff worth Rs 61.5 million and other assistance equivalent to Rs 47.7 million, the government said. Likewise, foodstuff sufficient for the next 10 days for the victims and cloths have been allocated to the affected districts. Around Rs 350 million has been collected in the Prime Minister Relief and Rescue Fund from across the country. Of 42 districts affected by flooding and landslides, deaths were reported in 40 districts. Sindhupalchowk, Bardiya, Surkhet, Banke, Dang, Jajarkot, Salyan and Kailali were the hardest hit, the report prepared by the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Minister states.
Among the flood-hit districts, Sindhupalchwok is the worst affected.Â A total of 33 were confirmed dead, 47 injured and 123 went missing (who were officially declared dead by the government) in the August 2 landslide. Likewise, 434 have been displaced.
Similarly, in Baridya, 80,860 families have been directly affected by the floods and landslides. Of them, 19,000 are taking refuge in temporary camps.Â Â The victims are under great threat of possibility of outbreak of diseases epidemic. Â As per the government data, property worth Rs. 1.8 billion was damaged in Surkhet, Rs. 520 million in Dang and more than Rs. 480 million in Banke. So far, a total of 286 metric tons of cereals and foodstuff has been distributed to the floods and landslides victims in those districts.
Home Minister Gautam said that all persons did not have a helping attitude. “Stern action will be taken as per law against any mediator found in negatively effecting the government rescue efforts; we will not allow irregularities,” he added. He said that in many places acquisition of information on the landslides and floods had taken a longer time than expected and that rescue and relief efforts were hampered by adverse weather condition.