At least 55 people have died and nearly 700 tourists, including 200 Indians, stranded at a popular tourist district in central Nepal due to flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall.
Heavy rains have lashed Nepal for the past three days causing flooding and landslides at several parts of the country.
The swollen Rapti river flooded several hotels in the Chitwan Valley, where the country’s first national park is located.
Chief District Officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta said four rubber rafts have been sought from neighbouring Devghat to carry out relief operations.
Suman Ghimire, chairman of the Regional Hotel Association, said the trapped tourists were being rescued with the help of elephants.
The home ministry has been approached for help, said a hotelier.
The meteorological department forecast that central and western plains were likely to receive heavy rainfall from this evening.
The death toll due to flooding and landslides across Nepal since Friday reached 49, officials said.
Thirty six people have been reported missing.
Twenty one districts have been badly hit by flooding and landslides.
Of the 600 tourists stranded in the Chitwan Valley, nearly 200 were from India.
More than 35,000 houses have been partially sumberged, about 1,000 damaged and close to 400 livestock have died due to the flooding.
Transportation via the East West Highway has been suspended.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba ordered district administrations to intensify rescue operations.