At least 303 people have died in Nepal and India since last week after heavy rains and high winds resulted in flash floods, landslides and the blocking of railroads, officials in the two countries reported on Thursday.
The death toll for Nepal was 226, with additional fatalities in India, Indore, Shillong and Jharkhand, according to officials in Kathmandu and India’s Ministry of Home Affairs. Another 8,600 people in Nepal have sought refuge in schools and government buildings.
The worst-hit areas were in Sindhupalchowk district, located in the country’s southern plains, and Pokhara, the capital. The rivers in both areas have breached their banks and are often closed to traffic.
India’s Border Security Force captured three Nepalese nationals attempting to flee the country through the Tawi border point on Thursday.
In one incident, a man trapped in his home in Zhoi Khanat village, Sindhupalchowk, died after trying to escape. Several more people, including women and children, were swept away when roads were blocked.
“In one village alone in Zhoi Khanat, landslides buried two houses and dozens of houses have been damaged,” Jarnail Singh, chief administrative officer for Sindhupalchowk district, told The Associated Press.
Worst hit in Bihar were Mahabharata and East Champaran districts, where landslides blocked hundreds of roads and thousands of homes have been destroyed. At least 50 people have died in Bihar alone.
In India, high winds destroyed more than 100 railway tracks.