Nepal floods: Elephants deployed in rescue efforts

Nepal government appeals for rescue and relief support

Nepal government appeals for rescue and relief support

Army and police personnel continued search and rescue operations, with more than 34,000 houses submerged, the official added.

At least 36 people were killed and 12 others missing in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in several districts across Nepal, officials said on Saturday.

In neighbouring India, rescuers were desperately trying to reach two packed buses swept into a gorge by a landslide so powerful it destroyed an entire stretch of highway.

Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the accident site in the Himalayan state, said Sandeep Kadam, a senior official at the scene.

The command post was formed to intensify the rescue works as the country has been hit by floods and landslides since the past few days. "Hundreds of volunteers from Nepal Red Cross Society are working with local people, local security forces and emergency teams to rescue people and evacuate them to safety", said Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, Secretary General, Nepal Red Cross Society.

"Monsoon rains and floods in the past two weeks have affected more than 100,000 people".

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Hundreds of families have been displaced in the floods and landslides across the country.

Last weekend in the central lowlands, four girls from the same family drowned when they fell into a flooded roadside ditch.

A hotel owner in Sauraha, 155km (96 miles) south-west of the capital, Kathmandu, said the elephants had been used to take the tourists to the nearest open road and airport.

Nepal's weather department warned that heavy rain was expected to continue for another day, following days of torrential downpours.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, seven persons were killed in Sunsari district in southern Nepal.

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