KATHMANDU (AFP) ― The death toll from landslides and flooding in Nepal has risen to 101 after rescuers recovered four more bodies, officials said Monday, as fears grew of a possible cholera outbreak.
Torrential rain last week triggered multiple landslides and flooding, devastating entire villages, stranding thousands and damaging roads across the country’s western plains bordering India.
As the weather cleared Sunday after three days of incessant rain, the government deployed more than 3,400 workers and four helicopters to rescue stranded people and deliver emergency supplies, said Jhankanath Dhakal, chief of Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center.
“We have found 3 more bodies this morning, bringing the total death toll to 101,” Dhakal told AFP, adding that another body had been recovered overnight.
Dhakal said rescuers were still searching for 126 people reported missing.