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Thousands homeless after Nepal floods

Author/Source : ABC
Publish Date :Fri, 27 Jul 2007

Posted Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:00pm AEST
Floods triggered by incessant rains in Nepal have left thousands of people homeless, destroyed crops and disrupted transport and electricity supplies across the country, officials and media reports say.
Local media report around 2,500 houses have been washed away in Nepal's southern plains, forcing residents to flee to higher grounds after week-long heavy rains.
Officials say floods and landslides have killed about 40 people in Nepal since June, when the annual monsoon rains began.
"The seasonal monsoon trough lies almost parallel to the foot of the Himalayas, causing more than normal rainfall in Nepal," an official at the weather forecasting office, Shiva Nepal, said.

Mr Nepal says rain will continue for another two to three days.
Kantipur television reported heavy rains caused a landslide that swept away a home in the western district of Sallyan, killing five members of a family while they were asleep.
Landslides and floods are common in Nepal during the monsoon season, which continues through to September and often affects huge swathes of agricultural land in the mostly mountainous country.
The United Nations says natural disasters in 2006 and 2007 severely hurt crop production, leaving more than half of Nepal's 75 districts with food shortages.
It says Nepal faced a food grain deficit of 225,000 tonnes for 2006/07, compared with 23,000 tonnes the previous year.