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Flooding and landslides kill more than 30 in Nepal

Flooding and landslides kill more than 30 in Nepal

The Red Cross estimated that at least 53 people had died, with many remaining missing amidst the destruction.

(From top to bottom) A section of the East-West Highway inundated by floodwaters, in Siraha; road washed away by flood in Tulsipur, Dang; and security personnel clearing debris of the landslide that killed four people in Sindhuli, on Saturday.

Some 36 people were missing in 23 districts across the country's densely populated southern plains, which border India.

Monsoon floods and landslides have killed at least 94 people across Nepal but officials fear that figure could rise sharply as rescuers search for dozens believed lost under mud and in submerged villages.

Nepal's National News Agency reported Sunday that 600 tourists, including 400 foreigners, are trapped in the town of Sauraha in southwestern Nepal. Power and communication has been cut off in many areas and emergency services have had a hard time accessing some places.

The chief officer of one district told the media they are mobilizing all the resources they have to ensure everyone is safe.

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Issuing a statement following an emergency meeting on Sunday, the human rights watchdog appealed the Nepal government, security agencies, national and worldwide organizations to expedite the rescue and relief operation in flood and landslide affected settlements.

There is criticism against India for not opening floodgates on the rivers on time, which has resulted in floods in southern Nepal, especially in the Terai region.

Meanwhile, an emergency meeting led by Home Minister Janardan Sharma on Sunday formed a central command post for intensifying rescue operations.

The death toll due to flooding and landslides across Nepal since Friday reached 49, officials said.

Landslides and flooding are common in the Himalayan region during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September.