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Several dead and missing after landslides in Nepal

Christian Fernsby |
Landslides triggered by torrential rain swept through two villages in Nepal on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, a government official said.

Topics: LANDSLIDES    NEPAL   

Ten people were killed and 21 declared missing after a massive landslide swept away homes and people in Bahrabise, 100km east of capital Kathmandu near the border with the Tibet region of China, Nepalese government official Murari Wasti said.

The torrential rain, which caused a foothill to collapse, destroyed more than 100 houses in Bahrabise.

"We fear more landslides as the soil has grown weaker after the earthquake," said Nimphunjo Sherpa, mayor of the affected Bahrabise municipality.

Two others died in a landslide in Baglung in the northwest.

Both landslides struck the villages before dawn and people could not escape to safety, rescuers said.

"Rescuers are looking for those who are missing," Wasti told Reuters news agency.


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