Nepal Flood (2017 August)

Nishum Subba

More than 70 people were killed by the flood and many people were injured and have lost their home, family members and properties however the government of Nepal is working hard to settle down the problems.

Water levels in flood-affected areas have been gradually receding as the rainfall has significantly decreased or stopped in most parts of the country. However, the number of affected districts has increased from 27 to 35; Morang, Sunsari, Siraha, Rautahat, Mahottari, Dhanusa, Sindhuli, Bara, Parsa, Dang, Banke and Bardiya are among the worst hit districts. The Ministry of Home Affairs says that over 80 percent of land in Terai has been inundated. Hydro-meteorological stations in Banke, Chitwan and Makwanpur recorded the heaviest rainfall in 60 years. Moderate to heavy rains have been forecasted across Nepal for the coming days.

With the weather in Nepal improving, authorities and humanitarian partners have been able to reach out to affected districts over the past two days and there are reports that security forces and authorities have cleared some roads. However, significant access challenges remain; Biratnagar airport remains closed, and other basic services such as transport routes, electric power and drinking water supplies, and communications are reportedly still disrupted in some places. Several major highways, notably the East-West highway, and inner roads linking villages have been severely damaged.