Torrential monsoon rains have caused massive flooding and landslides in Nepal, affecting thousands of people. Many people have been displaced, some people have lost their lives and some are still missing.
Volunteer Corps Nepal is responding to this situation. Hundreds of volunteers were deployed to rescue and relief work in Kathmandu and Saptari district. They have been distributing food, water, essential supplies and providing shelter to people in the hardest-hit districts.
Nepal’s weather department warned more heavy rain was expected in the coming days – about 100mm each day – and advised people to stay alert. Officials said the Kosi River in eastern Nepal, which flows into the eastern Indian state of Bihar, had risen above the danger mark. The Kosi has been a serious concern for both India and Nepal since it broke its banks in 2008 and changed course, submerging swathes of land and affecting the millions of people. Scientists warn because of climate change, monsoon patterns are changing and the region needs to prepare for more weather extremes, severe drought, as well as more intense periods of rain. The annual monsoon rains, which normally start in June and continue through September, are crucial for Nepal. But landslides and floods often result, killing scores of people every year.