Floods, landslides kill dozens across Nepal and India

Torrential rain in Nepal has claimed 30 lives and have left hundreds of homes inundated

Dozens of elephants and rafts have been deployed to rescue almost 500 people trapped by floods in a popular resort in southern Nepal, officials say.

The monsoon season, which starts in June and ends in September, causes big floods in Nepal each year.

KATHMANDU Police said landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain killed at least 47 people in southern Nepal and left thousands homeless.

The rains are now expected to shift westwards and authorities in Nepal have begun evacuating 74,000 people from a vulnerable western district.

In India, emergency workers were scouring the area hit by a massive landslide that swept two passenger buses into a deep gorge on Sunday, killing at least 46 people in the mountainous northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

This natural calamity has affected the air land and telephone connectivity.

Meanwhile, many highway bridges which serve as the lifeline of the nation have been damaged, obstructing vehicular movement for relief and rescue programmes.

A Kathmandu Post report said that public health experts have warned of water-borne epidemic in the flood-hit areas.

Rescue operations by the army and police are ongoing, said Sharma.

All the 35 Indian nationals, who were stranded in Sauraha, a part of the Chitawan National Park, have been rescued, an Indian Embassy spokesperson said. Nepal's Meteorological Forecasting Division has predicted that heavy rainfall will continue for the next few days in some regions.

The monsoon was gradually getting weaker in the east and moving towards the west, it added.

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