ROME, AUGUST 13 – “Italy stands with the people of Nepal after the violent and tragic floods that brought destruction to that country”, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, said today in a note.
The Ministry, through its Crisis Unit and the Consul General in Calcutta, is at work to bring assistance to Italian nationals involved in the disaster. At least 49 people have been killed across Nepal and 17 more in neighbouring India in flash flooding and landslides as rescuers search for dozens more missing. The Red Cross says 100,000 people have been affected, with communications and electricity cut off in many areas.
Shankar Hari Acharya, the chief of Nepal’s national emergency centre, said on Sunday that thousands were forced to move to higher grounds. “Search and rescue works are under way but the water levels have not declined yet,” he said.
Dozens of elephants and rafts have been deployed to rescue over 600 people trapped by floods in a popular resort in southern Nepal, officials say. About 110 hotels in Sauraha, in Chitwan district, have been inundated, trapping the tourists, many of them foreigners. (@OnuItalia)