Almost 600 tourists, including 200 Indians, have been stranded in central Nepal's popular tourist district Chitwan due to flooding triggered by heavy rains that have claimed 49 lives, officials said today.
Authorities Sunday upgraded the death toll from flash flooding across landlocked Nepal to 49 as the water kept rising, forcing thousands to flee for higher ground.
Ten more people were missing and the death toll looked set to climb as large parts of the country were under water, the officials said.
Chief District Officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta said four rubber rafts have been sought from neighbouring Devghat to carry out relief operations.
Hundreds of families have been displaced in the floods and landslides across the country.
The meteorological department forecast that central and western plains were likely to receive heavy rainfall from this evening.
Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the accident site in the Himalayan state, said Sandeep Kadam, a senior official at the scene. Thousands of houses are inundated in the region.
Almost 100 people died past year in Nepal during the rainy season, which typically begins in late June and lasts until the end of August.
Heavy rains have lashed Nepal for the last three days causing flooding and landslides.
Meanwhile, Nepal Cabinet held an emergency meeting during which Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba ordered the local district administrations to intensify the rescue and release activities.
Families perched on trees with young children overnight as flood waters swept away homes in a village in the southern district of Chitwan, local media reported.