Dozens of elephants and rafts have been deployed to rescue almost 500 folks trapped by floods in a well-liked resort in southern Nepal, officers say.
A number of motels in Sauraha, in Chitwan district, have been inundated, trapping the vacationers, a lot of them foreigners.
The floods and landslides attributable to torrential rains have killed at the very least 49 folks throughout the nation.
The Pink Cross says 100,000 folks have been affected, with communications and electrical energy lower off in lots of areas.
Photos confirmed collapsed bridges and roads submerged or coated by particles from landslides, hampering the rescue efforts.
Hundreds of residents had been compelled out of their homes within the hardest-hit areas, officers mentioned, warning that the loss of life toll might rise as at the very least 17 folks have been nonetheless lacking.
A lodge proprietor in Sauraha, 155km (96 miles) south-west of the capital, Kathmandu, mentioned the elephants had been used to take the vacationers to the closest open highway and airport.
Narayan Prasad Bhatta, the chief district officer of Chitwan district, mentioned: “We’re mobilising all of the sources we’ve got to make sure that everyone seems to be protected.”
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba expressed his condolences and urged folks to stay calm.
“I’ve already instructed authorities involved to rescue flood victims, transfer them to safer places and instantly present reduction to them,” he said.
The monsoon season, which begins in June and ends in September, causes large floods in Nepal every year. Officers say extra rain is anticipated within the subsequent few days.