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Flash flood inundates Beni Bazaar

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MYAGDI — A flash flood which struck on Saturday night at Beni Bazaar caused damages to more than a hundred houses and retail shops while forcing the residents to stay awake all night.

The flood cascading from a higher ground above the settlement at 11 pm inundated the houses in Campus Chowk and Mangal Ghat. The flood laden with slush and stones broke into the houses.

The flood water has affected settlements in Shikchya Marg, Pipal Chowk, Ganesh Tole, Sangam Chowk, Hulak Chowk and Bank Chowk along with Saibaba temple and lower bazaar areas.

Campus Chowk resident, Govinda Baniya, said that food commodities, vegetables, clothes, gold and jewelleries, hardware and meat shops were impacted by the flash flood.

The Nepal Army, police and the locals are trying to repair the damages and tame the flooding. Machapuchhre Bank’s Security Guard, Kabiram Sunar, said that the residents of the Bazaar stayed awake all night after a ‘sudden and huge flood’ struck.

The details of the losses incurred in the flash flood triggered by two hours of incessant rainfall at night will be collected this morning, according to Police Inspector, Lokendra Singh Guru.

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Tourist arrivals jumped 73.5 percent in July

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KATHMANDU — Tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 73.5 percent in the month of July, according to statistics released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The NTB said that this increment is because of a sharp increase in the number of travellers from countries like India, China, the US and the UK. The growth in the numbers has also been attributed to Indian pilgrims visiting Mount Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, via Nepal.

The statistics show that Nepal received a whopping 73,285 international tourists in July—a time of the year that is considered to be an off-season for tourists due to the monsoons. With July’s figures, the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in the first seven months (January–July) of 2018 reached 593,299, which is an increase of 18 percent as compared to the same period last year.

Total 18,385 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air transport, which is up 80.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

After India, Nepal received the highest number of visitors from China. The Chinese tourist numbers have more than doubled to 13,123 in the month of July. This is a 125.4 percent growth in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

Overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 66 percent, in comparison to the same month last year. However, arrivals from Bangladesh declined by nine percent. Arrivals from rest of the Asian countries have also recorded a robust growth of 86.2 percent.

Visitors from Japan and South Korea to Nepal also increased by 36 percent and 21.9 percent respectively.

Likewise, an overall increase of 54.1 percent in July has been recorded from European source markets. However, arrivals from Austria declined by 72.6 percent.

The number of visitors from the US and Canada have also grown by 79.6 percent and 73.3 percent respectively.

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