Flood situation remains grim in Nepal, death toll touches 66

Nepal floods: 36 killed, 12 missing, hundreds displaced due to landslides, torrential rain

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, in a telephonic conversation with Nepal's deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs Krishna Bahadur Mahara on Sunday evening, pledged all possible support.

"We have more than 30 people confirmed dead".

Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 49 people in southern Nepal and left thousands homeless, officials say.

Many cities in the Tarai region have been inundated while transportation along the East West Highway has been halted after a pillar of Dudhaura Bridge sank at Pathlaiya-Nijgadh road section.

Five thousand and six hundred trained personnel of the Nepal Police, one thousand 700 APF personnel, and 8,300 Nepalese Army personnel, as well as helicopters, have been mobilized for search and rescue operation, the Ministry has stated.

"Monsoon induced disasters have taken the lives of 64 people, 44 have been injured, 36 have gone missing and around 19,000 families have been displaced", a statement said.

The flooding and landslides have cut communications and electricity in many affected areas.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Nepal on Sunday urged all to extend possible humanitarian assistance to the disaster-hit areas across the country. Aerial rescue and relief have also been hampered by bad weather.

Hundreds remain trapped in the most popular resorts.

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology said further heavy rains were expected on Sunday in the country's central and mid-western regions.

Biratnagar airport in eastern Morang district was closed after being submerged in a meter of water, said authorities at the global terminal.

The latest casualties bring the death toll from this year's monsoon season to more than 100, government records show.

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