Nepal landslide kills at least 22

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A landslide triggered by heavy rains has killed at least 22 people and injured 10 in western Nepal.

Rescuers battled against torrential rains to pull out bodies from the wreckage of homes buried by a landslide.

Police spokesperson, Dan Bahadur Karki, said the latest calamity occurred in Achham district, about 450 km (281 miles) west of the capital city of Kathmandu.

Reports say volunteers, police, and military rescuers were looking for people missing in Achham.

In the neighboring Kailali district, authorities recovered a body of a fisherman who had been swept away in the overflowing Geta river.

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Flash floods and landslides are a common occurrence in the mountainous terrain of the Himalayan nation, especially during the annual monsoon rains between June and September.

At least 70 people have been killed and 13 went missing across the country in flash floods and landslides this year, according to official data.

Yagya Raj Joshi, an official in Kailali said about 1,500 people displaced because of the floods were sheltered in public buildings.

Local media broadcasted images of swathes of farms inundated by flood waters, a destroyed suspension bridge, and villagers wading through chest-deep water.

 

Zainab Sa’id

Source Reuters
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