Heavy rains lashed various parts of Nepal claiming 78 lives in the last five days, with 32 people reportedly missing and many others injured, according to Nepal home ministry on Monday.

“The victims comprised 41 men and 26 women”, Nepal police said in a statement.

“At least 3,366 people from different districts have been rescued successfully and evacuated to safer destinations,” the home ministry further said.

Heavy downpour since Thursday has affected normal life in 28 districts, mostly in the Tarai region.

Hundreds of houses have been damaged and thousands of people displaced. Transportation, electricity and water supply were also disrupted due to floods and landslides in many parts of the country.

According to the Nepal police, relief and rescue operations are still underway.

The Health Emergency Operation Centre said that different medical teams with doctors were mobilized in the hard-hit districts to ensure health services to the affected people.

Parts of the capital Kathmandu have been left submerged under floodwaters. People living on the banks of rivers are advised to be on alert.

Meteorological Forecasting Division has predicted rain at many places. There are also chances of heavy rainfall at a few places of the eastern and central regions and at one or two places of the western region.

The government has directed concerned authorities to immediately resume all essential services.

The annual monsoon rains, which normally start in June and continue through September often result in casualties in Nepal.