Four persons, including three children, were killed when a house was buried in a landslide in Jajarkot, while three persons were swept away in Udayapur, Sindhuli and Morang districts. Another landslide claimed the life of a minor in Rukum. Four persons have been missing and are feared to have drowned in swollen rivers.
Nabaratni Bohara, 34, and her seven-year-old son from Sakla, Jajarkot, were buried alive when a landslide struck their house at around 3:00am, said DSP Chakra Bahadur Singh of District Police Office. Nabaratni’s husband Jayalal Bohora and their daughters, nine-year-old Kamala and 12-year-old Arati, have sustained serious injuries in the landslide.
Two minor sons of Dhansure Nepali of Ramidanda, Dhaukot, were killed when their house was buried in a mudslide on Wednesday evening, said Nandalal Joshi, a teacher at a local school. More than two dozen houses in Ramidanda, Rokayagaun, Nayakwada and Sakla VDCs of the district have been buried in the landslides, said the police.
Bhanubhakta Rai, 43, of Siddhipur, was swept away by the Dwarkhola River while crossing it in Udayapur; Bhakta Bahadur Shrestha, 62, was swept away by the Kamala River at Hatpate, Sindhuli; Karna Bahadur Magar, 36, of Letang, Morang, was swept away by the Turke River.
Ten musahar households have been submerged at Sirthauli VDC.
Khadga Bahadur Limbu, 46, of Barangi, 22-year-old Mohan Rai of Bishnupurkatti, Siraha, and 48-year-old Bhikhari Mahara of Bhokraha have gone missing after being swept away while crossing rivers.
Nandaram’s son Bijay Gharti, 7, died on the spot while his daughter Bijaya (10) has gone missing when a landslide buried their house at Simachaur of Chunwang, Rukum.
At least eight members, of Mahendra Mahato of Bathnaha, sustained serious injuries when their house collapsed in a landslide following incessant rainfall in Mahottari.
Saptakoshi at record level
DHANKUTA: Water flow in the Saptakoshi River has increased due to incessant rainfall in the eastern hill and Tarai districts. It has risen to a record level, with the water in the river flowing at 3,03,925 cusec (cubic feet per second), said Chief of Koshi Barrage Control Room, Shukanandan Singh. Of the 56 sluice gates of the barrage, 33 have been kept open to release the water.
Massive damage across country
• Human settlements in Chikana, Bhokraha, Bishnupura and Saraswor VDCs were submerged after eastern embankment of the Kamala River collapsed along Siraha and Dhanusha border; more than 500 families have been displaced
• Transportation services on the East-West Highway were obstructed after a bridge that linked Lalgadh Dhalkebar collapsed on Wednesday night along Mahottari and Dhanusha border
• Transportation on the Koshi Highway has been halted following landslides at many places
• Koshi hilly districts have been cut off, as Dhankuta’s Leuti River swept away temporary diversions
• Part of Koshi Highway was buried in Mahabharat VDC; a pick up van ferrying vegetables was also buried
• Hundreds of passengers on way to Dhankuta, Sankhuwasabha, Bhojpur and Terhathum have been stranded due to road blockage
• Several places in Nepalgunj and Janakpur have also been submerged due to continued downpour
• Vehicular movement has been disrupted on Bardiya road section along the East-west Highway
due to road damage at Bhasikuwa, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded
• Landslides have struck at several places along Kohalpur-Surkhet-Deuralidanda
• Transport services on Hetauda-Sisneri-Kathmandu route have been disrupted due to landslide at Sisneri in Makawanpur
Reports today state that the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified Kenya as a “high-risk” country for the spread of the Ebola virus, because it is a major transport hub, with many flights from West Africa, WHO officials say.
In Kenya, however, health officials have said adequate measures are now in place to prevent the entry of the virus. Despite this, and though there has been no reported outbreak of the Ebola virus in Kenya so far, some in the media and general public are not certain of the adequate measures Kenyan Health officials claim to have put in place.
In one glaring instance, travellers arriving in Nairobi from West Africa on Tuesday had complained they were not screened for the virus at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). One was David Lochuch Imana, a United Nations official who was among the dozens of passengers arriving from Liberia. Lochuch Imana was visibly irritated upon his arrival at the Kenyan airport.
“It was my concern that this country is not taking the disease seriously as the other countries do. It is because of this careless approach that I raised the matter with my MP so that she could promote public awareness,” Lochuch Imana told the Star Newspaper shortly after his arrival. His words matter, as Lochuch Imana is a Kenyan immigration officer who works at the United Nations Mission in Liberia. His comments came after his arrival from Monrovia this week.
Yet, Kenyan officials are not the only government leaders skittish about the possible spread of Ebola to the eastern region of Africa. In Uganda, health officials on Tuesday had announced that a man they had isolated for nearly a week, since Wednesday at Entebbe airport, had tested negative. He was ill when he arrived and was suspected of carrying the Ebola virus.
The man in question was a Sudanese clinical officer. He was identified during a screening at Entebbe Airport where he had arrived on an Ethiopian Airlines flight.
“The results came in, and it is not a (Ebola) case,” the health ministry spokeswoman Rukia Nakamatte had told Uganda’s New Vision newspaper.
Even though there have been no reported cases of Ebola reported in the East African region, anxiety runs high among health officials in a handful of countries who fear the region is vulnerable.
Kenya may be the key country to watch in East Africa because its Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the main transit point for travellers from West Africa, and is also a gateway for other transit points in the east.
A diabetic Liberian aboard a Kenya Airways flight last week, for example, had caused a panic at the JKIA when he appeared sickly, according to the Star newspaper. Kenya’s transportation officials say that the JKIA receives approximately 76 flights a week from West Africa.
Flash floods left cars submerged and houses across the capital damaged as 10 days’ worth of rain fell in just a few hours this afternoon.
The heavy rain mainly affected south east London with Greenwich, Lewisham, Peckham and Sydenham all affected.
The London Fire Brigade said they have attended 20 incidents relating to the downpours since 2pm this afternoon.
Fire crews rescued a person trapped inside a flooded basement flat in Forest Hill.
Commuters reported a waterfall of rain trickling down Peckham Rye station which lead to it being closed.
The Met Office issued severe weather warnings across the country as the Environment Agency put 19 flood alerts in place – including eight in the south-east.
Forecasters said some areas could see 1.2 inches of rain fall within two or three hours on Thursday afternoon and evening. August’s total monthly rainfall is 3.5 inches.
The downpours follow a weekend when the tail-end of Hurricane Bertha hit London, sparking flooding as torrential rain swept in from the Caribbean.
An Environment Agency spokeswoman said: “At midday on Thursday there are 19 flood alerts in place, meaning flooding is possible.
“High spring tides continue today, bringing a risk of wave overtopping and spray in places, particularly when strong gusts of wind coincide with the time of high tides.
“Over the last week Environment Agency teams have been out on the ground, ensuring coastal flood defences are ready, rivers can flow freely and clearing trash screens.
“Since August 11 we’ve received reports of 15 properties flooded from coastal flooding. We will continue to support local councils as they respond to surfacewater flooding.”
Streets are flooded in parts of Connecticut and nearly 1,700 power outages are reported as heavy rain moves across southern New England.
The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Wednesday morning for shoreline areas including New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties. Flash flood watches and advisories are posted for the rest of the state.
The Weather Service says rainfall rates could hit up to 4 inches an hour in some locations. Television news reports showed some streets in Branford under several inches of water.
The same storm caused flash flooding on Long Island, New York, and some drivers had to be rescued Wednesday.
Connecticut Light & Power Co. reports about 1,300 power outages across the state. United Illuminating reports 390 outages in the Bridgeport and New Haven areas.