As of Monday, July 15, torrential monsoon rains and consequent flash flooding and landslides have left 67 people dead in Nepal since the rainfall began in earnest on Thursday, July 11. Local media outlets report that the heavy rainfall has affected at least 25 districts and more than 10,385 households nationwide. At least 35 people have been identified as missing and several federal agencies including the army and paramilitary forces are mobilized for rescue efforts. The Nepalese meteorological agency has warned of further landslides, and has forecasted heavy rainfall in the central and eastern regions through to Wednesday, July 17.
The national telecommunications authority has said that the floods have affected service in several districts in Province 1 and 2. Meanwhile, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has said the electricity supply has reduced by 50 percent in Province 1 and 2, though is gradually increasing as the authority has begun repairing the damaged infrastructure. The NEA is expected to complete repair works within the coming days.
Emergency efforts are ongoing and expected to continue in the coming days. Further disruptions to transportation services and electricity supplies are also to be anticipated.
Individuals in Nepal are advised to keep abreast of local weather forecasts, anticipate flooding and landslides along with transportation, business, electricity, and telecommunications disruptions, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities. Be advised that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all food discarded.
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