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Nepal floods: At least 200 Indians stranded in Chitwan valley, India offers help

Floods in Nepal's Birgunj Parsa district, some 200km south of Kathmandu. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team Nepal Aug 14, 2017, 03.47 AM (IST)

At least 55 people have been killed due to floods and landslides in central Nepal, reports said with nearly 200 Indians stranded in Chitwan valley area.

Nepal's national park located in Chitwan valley has been badly hit due to floods with nearly hundred hotels submerged, reports said.

The death toll in the flood & landslide-hit area is expected to rise with dozens still missing.

The Nepal government has pressed the Army and police in search and rescue operations even as over 34,000 houses have been submerged, officials said.

Deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara spoke to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj over the phone on Sunday and requested India to open gates of dams in border areas, the Himalayan Times reported.

Swaraj told Mahara that India had already issued directives to open the gates, the newspaper said.

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Bara and Rautahat districts have been badly hit due to floods with more than 1,000 households affected, Nepal's Himalayan Times reported.

 

Rescue workers walk through a flooded area at Sauraha Chitwan district, some 150kms south of Kathmandu. (AFP)

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