Authorities Sunday upgraded the death toll from flash flooding across landlocked Nepal to 49 as the water kept rising, forcing thousands to flee for higher ground.
Highways were either damaged or inundated, disrupting transport, the police said.
The Ministry also stated that personnel of the Nepalese Army, Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force, trained security persons and other human resources have been mobilized under the leadership of the local administrations for carrying out search and rescue in the flood affected and inundated areas. Dozens more are missing or injured. "In Surkhet district, we have evacuated about 200 people to shelters", the statement said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his condolences and prayers for those affected by the accident.
Heavy rains have lashed Nepal for the past three days causing flooding and landslides at several places in the Himalayan country.
The command post was formed to intensify the rescue works as the country has been hit by floods and landslides since the past few days.
More than 30 people were reported dead on Saturday.
Last weekend in the central lowlands, four girls from the same family drowned when they fell into a flooded roadside ditch.
The heavy rain, which mainly hit the country's southern plains, led to the evacuation of 5,000 people, a Home Ministry official said.
A hotel owner in Sauraha, 155km (96 miles) south-west of the capital, Kathmandu, said the elephants had been used to take the tourists to the nearest open road and airport.
Biratnagar airport in the eastern district of Morang was closed after being submerged in a metre of water, authorities at the worldwide terminal said.