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At least 14 dead, 41 missing in flood and landslide in Baglung, Nepal #Floods #Landslide #Baglung #Nepal

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Nim Bahadur BK, a resident of Lankuribot in Dhorpatan Municipality Ward No. 9, Baglung district, woke up to find his house shaking on Wednesday midnight. The 45-year-old woke his wife and three children up and rushed outside just before the floodwaters from Bhuji River swept his house away.

“We spent the night under the open sky in the pouring rain,” said BK.

Fourteen people died while at least 41 others went missing in Wednesday night’s flood and landslide in Dhorpatan Municipality.

“Three individuals have been injured in the disaster and are currently receiving treatment at Burtibang Health Post,” said Inspector Prakash Singh Bhandari of the Area Police Office in Burtibang.

“The bodies of 14 individuals were recovered from the landslide site and by the banks of Bhuji River by late Thursday evening,” said Chief District Officer Suresh Neupane. “The identities of two of the deceased have been established so far.”

According to Yam Bahadur Kayat, principal at Gyanodaya Secondary School in Dhortapan, a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall had occurred at Deurali along the Dhorpatan-Saljhandi road section on Wednesday night.

“The landslide debris led to a dam formation, blocking the flow of Bhuji River. The dam burst and the flooded river entered the settlements,” Kayat said.

The incident site is some 130km west of Baglung district headquarters.

A preliminary report on the incident says the flooded river swept away at least 40 houses downstream in Wards 7, 8 and 9 of Dhorpatan Municipality.

According to Neupane, the flood also swept away large swathes of cultivable land in the municipality.

Security personnel with the help of locals carried out search and rescue works on Thursday.

“The search for the missing individuals is still on,” said Inspector Bhandari.

But conducting rescue operations has been difficult given the incessant rainfall the area has been witnessing for the past few days.

“We were informed about the incident on Wednesday night but could start rescue operations only in the morning when the rain had turned into a slight drizzle,” said Neupane.

Vehicular movement along the Dhorpatan-Saljhandi road section had been affected since the beginning of the monsoon season but the recent disaster has brought movement along the road section to a complete halt.

“The disaster has caused massive damage to various road sections, hydropower projects, health posts and drinking water spouts in the area,” said Dhan Prasad Pokharel, chief administrative officer at Dhorpatan Municipality.

However, locals say that there were fewer casualties, as most of the houses along the Bhuji river banks were unoccupied when the disaster struck.

“Most of the villagers had gone to the upper regions with their cattle when the monsoons arrived. The casualties might have been higher if all the villagers had been home on Wednesday night,” said Fulmaya Pun, a local who survived the incident.

Dhorpatan Municipality Mayor Devkumar Nepali said that the municipal office is making arrangements to provide relief to the victims of the disaster.

“We will move the villagers to a safe location and make arrangements for their food and shelter,” Nepali said. “We will also assess the destruction caused by Wednesday’s flood and landslide and will plan on the long-term relocation of the victims to safer areas.”

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12 Dead In Nepal Landslide And Flash Floods, Dozens Missing #Landslide #FlashFloods #Nepal

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Flash floods and a landslide triggered by heavy rains killed 12 people in Nepal and at least 36 people were missing in the Himalayan nation’s biggest monsoon-related disaster this year, officials said on Thursday.

Home Ministry official Murari Wasti said rescuers had pulled 12 bodies out from muddy debris in the Baglung district of northwest Nepal, where nearly 30 houses were washed away by floods or buried in the landslide that struck before dawn.

Rescuers are still searching for victims and the deaths could rise, he said.

“This is the biggest natural disaster of the year,” Wasti told Reuters. “We have reports of 48 victims — 12 dead and 36 missing — but there could be many more victims as people were trapped while they were still sleeping.”

Army spokesman Santosh B. Poudyal said soldiers using shovels and picks were trying to search through the debris for survivors but that rescue work was being hampered by heavy rains that prevented helicopters from landing in the remote area.

Flash floods and landslides are common in mostly mountainous Nepal during the annual monsoon rains which normally start in June and end in September.

At least 287 people have been killed and 154 injured with another 114 missing across the country this year, according to official data.

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**STORM FRANCIS UPDATE** Landslide Strikes A5 Road at Nant Ffrancon to Capel Curig, Wales #Landslide #NantFfrancon #CapelCurig #Wales

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Landslide Strikes A5 Road at Nant Ffrancon to Capel Curig, Wales


Flood hits Turkey’s Black Sea coast, 4 dead #Flood #BlackSea #Turkey

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Four people have died in floods caused by heavy rain along Turkey’s Black Sea coastline, the interior minister said Sunday.

A further 11 people were missing after flooding around the mountain town of Dereli in Giresun province.

“So far, 127 of our citizens have been rescued in search and rescue (efforts),” Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said while visiting the town.

One of the dead was a police officer whose vehicle was swept away by the floods.

Television footage showed vehicles and debris being carried by floodwater along the main road of Dereli, which lies around 12 miles (20 kilometers) inland. Soylu said 118 villages in the region had been cut off.

Heavy rain along the Black Sea coast on Saturday evening also saw apartment buildings evacuated after landslides in Rize province, 110 miles (180 kilometers) east of Giresun.

Meteorologists forecast heavy storms in Giresun and the neighboring provinces of Trabzon, Rize and Artvin for later Sunday.

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Landslide Buries a House Killing a Man and Two Children in Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh, India #Landslide #Uttarakhand #Pithoragarh #India

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A man and his two children were buried alive when their house collapsed following rains in Pithoragarh district early on Friday, while the body of a woman was found in a village four days after she went missing in the wake of a landslide.

Intermittent rains also lashed various parts of the state blocking several roads, including those leading to the Himalayan temples.

A house collapsed following rains around 3 am in Chaisar village of Pithoragarh district, killing its owner Kushal Nath and his two children, including son Dhanajay aged four and daughter Nikita aged two, besides leaving his wife Nidhi (25) injured, Pithoragarh District Magistrate V K Jogdande said.

The house seems to have collapsed because of being old, he said.

Kushal Nath, 27, had recently bought it from someone, the DM said.

SDRF and police personnel extricated the bodies from the rubble of the house besides rescuing Nath’s wife who was injured in the incident, Jogdande said.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Office in Dehradun said the body of 32-year-old Bhagirathi Devi, who had gone missing after a landslide on August 17, was found in Jumma village of Dharchula area in Pithoragarh district on Friday.

The roads leading to Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri got blocked at several points with rocks and boulders tumbling down the hills following rains, the state disaster management office said in Dehradun.

The Rishikesh-Badrinath highway was blocked in Totaghati in Chamoli, the road to Kedarnath at Jaleshwar Mahadev and Sitapur parking at Rudraprayag and the one to Yamunotri at Silai bend in Uttarkashi, it said.

Tawaghat-Pangla, Tawaghat-Sobla, Jauljibi-Munsiyari and Ghat-Pithoragarh roads in Pithoragarh district were also blocked besides Bhatraujkhan-Ramnagar road in Almora, Dugadda-Kotdwar road in Pauri district and the road beyond Kodiyala at Vyasi in Tehri district, the disaster management office said.

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Bihar flood situation grim; Heavy rains lash many states, ‘orange’ alert for Mumbai #Floods #OrangeAlert #Mumbai #Bihar #India

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Heavy rains submerged low-lying areas and snapped road links in many states, including Odisha, Uttarakhand and Gujarat, while the flood situation worsened in Bihar, with the number of people affected by the deluge increasing to 82.92 lakh on Friday.

In Uttarakhand, a man and his two children were buried alive when their house collapsed following rains in Pithoragarh district, while the body of a woman was found in a village four days after she went missing during a landslide.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Maharashtra has issued an “orange” alert for Mumbai, Thane and rest of the Konkan region for Saturday, forecasting heavy rainfall.

The orange alert implies that authorities should be ready to handle situations arising out of severe weather.

The flood situation in Bihar remained grim with an additional 1.13 lakh people bearing the brunt in 16 districts in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of affected people to 82.92 lakh, a Disaster Management Department bulletin said.

Flood-related deaths remained unchanged at 27, it said and as many as 82,92,464 people have been affected by the deluge in 1,322 panchayats of 130 blocks since Thursday.

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Landslide in Nepal kills 5, over 30 people missing #Landslide #Nepal

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At least five people died and over 30 went missing in a landslide at Jugal Rural Municipality in Sindhupalchowk district in central Nepal on Friday, a local government official and police said.

“Five people have been taken out dead from the landslide while 33 people are still missing,” Xinhua quoted Pratap Lama, chairperson of ward-2 at Jugal Rural Municipality as saying.

Police said the village, where the incident happened, lies in a remote area of the district where there is no road connection, with a walking distance of more than four hours from the nearby police office.

“The incident happened in the early morning on Friday as the falling hill damaged 37 houses in the village over 100 houses. It is the dry landslide as there was no rainfall in the area,” said Lama.

“After the incident, five injured persons have been airlifted to nearby heath centre and capital Kathmandu,” Superintendent of Police Prajwol Maharjan, chief of District Police Office, Sindhupalchhowk, told Xinhua on Friday.

Police said that their personnel and Nepal Army personnel were currently engaged in rescue efforts along with local people.

The police said they were also preparing to take the necessary equipment to the village to remove the landslide and find the missing people.

Sidhupalchowk, sharing a border with China and serves as an important trade route between two countries, appears to be geologically vulnerable to landslides since the deadly earthquake in April 2015.

“Sindhupalchowk sees several landslides every year. Geology is very vulnerable to the landslides,” said Maharjan.

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