At least 7 dead as floods wreak havoc in Nepal

At least seven people lost their lives in floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains that have wreaked havoc in Nepal, officials said on Wednesday.

The heavy downpour has damaged several residential building complexes in the worst-hit Helambu and Melamchi areas of the Sindhupalchok district, around 50 km northeast of the capital Kathmandu.

Sindhupalchok chief district officer Arun Kumar Pokharel told EFE that the deceased people were missing since last evening.

Searchers recovered their bodies on Wednesday morning.

“They were working in Melamchi trout (fish) farm,” Pokharel said.

He said the authorities deployed search and rescue teams in various areas hit by the massive floods.

Photos and videos posted on social media channels show various buildings on the bank of the Melamchi river inundated.

The government has deployed the army to conduct a rescue mission for the people stranded in the inundated houses, said Pokharel.

The floods have swept away three bridges in Helambu and one in Melamchi and destroyed many roads, leaving many parts of the district disconnected.