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Nepal floods: Elephants deployed in rescue efforts

From BBC - August 13, 2017

Dozens of elephants and rafts have been deployed to rescue nearly 500 people trapped by floods in a popular resort in southern Nepal, officials say.

Several hotels in Sauraha, in Chitwan district, have been inundated, trapping the tourists, many of them foreigners.

The floods and landslides caused by torrential rains have killed at least 49 people across the country.

The Red Cross says 100,000 people have been affected, with communications and electricity cut off in many areas.

Pictures showed collapsed bridges and roads submerged or covered by debris from landslides, hampering the rescue efforts.

Thousands of residents had been forced out of their houses in the hardest-hit areas, officials said, warning that the death toll could rise as at least 17 people were still missing.

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