Over three dozen killed in monsoon rains in South Asia

At least 11 people have been killed across Nepal after torrential monsoon rains induced floods and landslides, officials said on July 12. (AFP)
Updated 13 July 2019
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Over three dozen killed in monsoon rains in South Asia

  • The monsoon causes widespread death and destruction across South Asia each year
  • In Nepal, 27 people have died in floods and landslides after heavy rains hit the country’s eastern region and the southern plains

KATHMANDU: Floods and landslides triggered by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 40 people across South Asia in the last two days, officials said Saturday.
The monsoon, which lasts from June to September, causes widespread death and destruction across South Asia each year.
In Nepal, 27 people have died in floods and landslides after heavy rains hit the country’s eastern region and the southern plains.
Bishwaraj Pokharel, spokesperson for Nepal Police, added that another 11 people were injured and 15 others reported missing.
Three of the victims were killed when a wall collapsed in the capital Katmandu.
“Our first priority is life saving rescue and all our resources have been deployed,” Home Ministry official Umakanta Adhikari told AFP.
Police used boats to bring people to safety as rivers swelled, inundating their settlements, while parents were seen wading across chest-high waters carrying children on their shoulders.
Nepal’s weather department issued a high alert for the southern Sapta Koshi river on Saturday and sent SMS warnings to people in the area.
In neighboring India 11 deaths have been recorded in the northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, officials said Friday.
Monsoon floods have inundated 21 districts in Assam, affecting thousands, officials said Friday.
In Bangladesh aid groups were providing rations to Rohingya refugees in the southeast of the country with the UN World Food Programme saying Friday that two people including a child had died.
Last year, more than 1,200 people were been killed across South Asia in monsoon storms with India’s Kerala suffering its worst floods in nearly 100 years.


Tens of thousands homeless a year after Indonesia quake: Red Cross

Updated 23 September 2019

Tens of thousands homeless a year after Indonesia quake: Red Cross

  • Around 57,000 people “are still living in temporary accommodation, unsure where and when they can rebuild” according to the the Indonesian Red Cross
  • The World Bank offered Indonesia $1 billion dollars in loans to help get the city back on its feet

Jakarta: Nearly 60,000 people are still living in makeshift accommodation nearly a year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami pounded the Indonesian city of Palu, the Red Cross said Monday.
The magnitude 7.5 quake and subsequent deluge razed swathes of the coastal city on Sulawesi island last September, killing more than 4,300 people and displacing some 170,000 residents.
The force of the impact saw entire neighborhoods levelled by liquefaction — a process where the ground starts behaving like a liquid and swallows up the earth like quicksand.
It also destroyed fishing boats, shops and irrigation systems, robbing locals of their income.
A year later, around 57,000 people “are still living in temporary accommodation, unsure where and when they can rebuild” said the Indonesian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
“We are hoping the government will redouble their efforts to identify settlement areas and help thousands of families... build permanent homes,” said Jan Gelfand, head of the IFRC Indonesia country office.
Saturday marks one year since the double disaster.
Earlier the World Bank offered the country up to $1 billion in loans to get the city back on its feet.
Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide.
The sprawling archipelago is also dotted with more than 100 volcanoes, including one that erupted between Java and Sumatra in late 2018 and unleashed a tsunami that killed more than 400 people.
On Boxing Day 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 across the Indian Ocean region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia.