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Flash floods in Nepal.

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Nepal: The death toll in Nepal from flash floods and landslides in the past three days has risen to 60, with dozens missing and injured, the government says.

Incessant monsoon rains have pounded many areas in mostly mountainous Nepal since Thursday, submerging large swathes of land, inundating homes, and destroying bridges and roads across the country.

Floods and landslides caused by incessant rains in Nepal have till now claimed 60 lives and left 38 others injured, police said on Sunday.

The Flood Forecasting Section (FFS) said that monsoon is active and the rainfall will continue for two to three days in most places across the country, The Himalayan Times reported.

The Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) warned the public to remain on high alert and said that air and road traffic could be affected due to low visibility.

Nepal police official Ishwari Dahal said all 56 sluice gates of the Kosi barrage on the Nepal-India border had been opened last night for six hours to drain out 371,000 cusecs of water, the highest accumulation in 15 years. A cusec is a measurement of flow, equivalent to one cubic foot per second.

The country is receiving more rainfall in a short duration of time-an abnormal phenomenon that is slowly becoming a new normal.

 

 

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‘India the rape capital of world’, says Rahul Gandhi

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Wayanad, (Kerala): Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that the prevailing situation in the country, according to international media, is such that India has become the rape capital of the world.

Addressing a public meeting on the third and last day of his constituency tour, Rahul said the numerous reports of attacks on women and children are a cause for serious concern.

“Many questions are being asked abroad on why women and children are not safe in India. In Uttar Pradesh even when a legislator is involved in a rape case, the Prime Minister has not yet spoken a word about it. Today the situation is such that India has become the rape capital of the world,” said Gandhi.

He also pointed out that the country is ruled by someone who believes in violence and in dividing the country. “There is a complete failure of leadership in the country,” he said.

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