Two dead, hundreds displaced by flooding
Incessant monsoon rain across Nepal has left at least two people dead and displaced hundreds of others, media reports
At least five districts in western and southern Nepal were hard hit by flooding, caused by several days of heavy rains, Himalayan Times newspaper reported.
Two people were swept away Jyamire River after heavy monsoon rain caused flash floods in Dailekh district, about 350 kilometres west of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, the newspaper said.
Hundreds of people have been affected by flash floods and landslides in other parts of the country.
In Saptari district, about 350 kilometres south-east of Kathmandu, at least 1,000 people were forced to leave their homes in Gobargadha villages after flood water inundated their village.
Landslides and falling debris also blocked several key highways across the country halting traffic, the newspaper said.
The flash floods also inundated hundreds of hectares of farmland, destroying or damaging standing crops.
The country's meteorological department said this year's monsoon had been particularly active in western Nepal for the past one week.
"Monsoon has spread across the country more quickly than its normal trend," the meteorological office said. "It is the swiftest movement of the system for several years covering the whole country in just three days."
The meteorological department said some places in western Nepal had received as much as 250 millimetres of rain in just a few days, well above the climate normal.
Hundreds of people die in monsoon related disasters across Nepal each year.
Nepal receives nearly 80 per cent of its total annual rainfall during the four-month monsoon season that lasts from June to late September. Rainfall is often heavy causing landslides and flash floods, dpa reported.