Thirty dead after Nepal floods

Torrential rain in Nepal has claimed 30 lives and have left hundreds of homes inundated.

Torrential rain in Nepal has claimed 30 lives and have left hundreds of homes inundated.

At least 30 people are dead, scores are missing and hundreds of houses have been inundated across Nepal after torrential monsoon rains hit the country's southern plains.

The floods inundated several districts from the the eastern region to mid west and left thousands of people homeless, Janardan Sharma, the country's home minister, told reporters on Saturday.

"A total of 30 people have been killed so far. We have received reports of people being trapped in Jhapa and Banke districts. We have mobilised rescue and relief teams to the affected areas," Sharma said.

Several bridges and a dam were damaged and helicopters were on standby to rescue people displaced by the flooding, the minister added.

"We urge people to stay safe and alert. We are in a crisis situation. Life has been thrown into chaos," Sharma said.

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology had forecast extreme rainfall on Friday night and alerted people living near rivers to stay safe.

Water levels at major rivers have crossed the danger levels, according to the department.

Nepal is prone to natural disasters. In 2015, 9000 people were killed when a powerful earthquake hit the Himalayan country.

Every year, floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains cause numerous deaths in Nepal, where the monsoon season lasts from June to September.

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