Written by By Erica Frost, CNN New Delhi
The death toll from devastating flooding and mudslides that swept across Nepal in recent days has risen to more than 100 people, according to the government.
Earlier this week, aid agencies warned that the entire Nepalese northeast may be submerged as the heavy rains triggered some of the worst flooding in decades.
Most of the deaths in the worst-hit areas of Kamrej, Sindhupalchowk and Nuwakot districts occurred when rivers burst their banks, flooding villages, roads and homes.
More than 270 people were injured and hundreds of houses were destroyed. As many as 66 landslides occurred, with 80% of the affected people taking shelter in riverine areas, the Department of Disaster Management reported on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli declared emergency measures for the worst-affected districts and directed all government agencies to provide all possible help to the affected families.
Nepal’s emergency response services are now working hard to rescue people who are trapped, and are shipping more than 3,000 relief material to the affected areas. Over 100 people have been taken to two central hospitals.
A soldier from the Nepalese Army helps trapped people and their belongings after torrential monsoon rains damaged roads and roadshed in the Bahadurphewa block of Nuwakot district. Credit: DEARBIRD SALOON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
However, rescue efforts are difficult due to the landslides, and human-related deaths are being counted on a “case-by-case basis,” said Rajendra Shrestha, senior advisor for disaster management at the Department of Disaster Management.
Rains are expected to continue for the next few days.