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13 August 2017, 05:39 | Opal Carroll
Nepal government appeals for rescue and relief support
"Another 17 are missing".
Meanwhile, many highway bridges which serve as the lifeline of the nation have been damaged, obstructing vehicular movement for relief and rescue programmes.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, at least 13 persons were injured in the incidents.
The coaches had stopped for a tea break around midnight Saturday in Himachal Pradesh when tonnes of rock and mud cascaded down a mountainside.
The Meteorological Forecasting Division has forecast moderate to heavy rains to continue across the country for the next few days. Nepal Police said 32 persons have been killed in the past month due to flood and landslides.
Every year, floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains cause numerous deaths in Nepal, where the monsoon season lasts from June to September.
Last weekend in the central lowlands, four girls from the same family drowned when they fell into a flooded roadside ditch.
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Met department has predicted heavy rains in Terai and some other parts of Nepal.
Ministry Spokesperson Dipak Kafle said district with high rainfall have been put on high alert.
Footage aired on Nepali TV showed villagers wading through waist-high water with their belongings and using boats to reach higher ground.
Families perched on trees with young children overnight as flood waters swept away homes in a village in southern district of Chitwan, local media reported.
Around 600 tourists were stranded due to flooding in Sauraha in Chitwan. So, in the Eastern city of Biratnagar runway of the airport is also covered with water, which led to the suspension of flights.
Meanwhile, Nepal Cabinet held an emergency meeting during which Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba ordered the local district administrations to intensify the rescue and release activities.
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