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Death toll in Nepal floods reaches 91

Death toll in Nepal floods reaches 91

Kathmandu: Massive floods following incessant rains in the past few days have claimed 91 lives in Nepal, while thousands of people have been displaced across the country, officials said on Monday.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba visited the flood-affected areas on Monday and assured that no stone will be left unturned in the government's search, rescue, rehabilitation and support efforts.

"The government has intensified the rescue and relief efforts by mobilizing 26,700 human resources, seven helicopters of Nepal Army, six helicopters of the private sector, motor boats and rubber boats," Xinhua quoted Ministry of Home Affairs as saying.

The monsoon havoc, which started on Friday, has affected the eastern, central and western regions of the country.

A total of 50,000 houses were inundated across the plains. More than 3,000 houses were destroyed in floods that killed an estimated 400 livestock. Over 22,000 people were displaced by the flood.

The ministry said the death toll is likely to rise, though according to the Department of Meteorology, cloud bursts have stopped since Monday afternoon.

Some media reports in Kathmandu suggested that seven bodies, swept away by the floods, have been found in India.

They were found near Jogbani Railway station on the Indian side of the border. According to police in Morang district, identities of three Nepali nationals, who were swept away by the flood near the Nepal-India border, has already been established .

Similarly in Parsa district, bodies of two Indians have been found and their identities have been established, said the police.

Meanwhile, due to the harrowing experience of distributing relief materials during the 2015 earthquake, the Home Ministry urged individuals and institutions eager to help the flood victims to follow the one-window system while distributing relief material.

The ministry has assigned some dedicated areas to collect relief materials from individuals and institutions for effective distribution, it said.

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