Unusually heavy rains during the monsoon season have caused havoc and serious lossesin many parts of the Kingdom of Nepal, starting as of 11 July. Most damage is beingcaused by either flash floods in the hill districts or drainage floods in the lowlands. Thebadly affected districts include: Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Rupandehi, Saptari, Siraha, Udaya- pur, Bardiya, Bhojpur, Dolakha, Sindhupalchowk, and Bajhang.
Key facts and figures: (based on information collected by Nepal Red Cross and byUNDP-Disaster Management Secretariat, Kathmandu)
Deaths 92 Missing persons 126Injured persons 21Houses Damaged 5,145Livestock lost (heads) 142Displaced persons 7,700Total population affected 85,900
Many bridges, schools, culverts, embankments have been or are being washed away, andso far countless hectares of arable land have been damaged by the floods.
During a series of flash floods between 12 - 15 July near the Refugee Camps of Damak, 4hectares of newly planted forest (15,000 trees protected by dam, fences and concretepillars) were washed away. They represented 2 years of work under the RefugeeAssistance Programme.
Serious flooding on 23 July in Sindhupalchowk, north of Kathmandu near the border withTibet, destroyed several bridges, 18 houses, a police station and killed over 70 people.
The situation is aggravated by a large number of landslides caused by flash floods in thehill districts, namely Taplejung, Panchthar, Ilam in Eastern Nepal.