At least 20 killed in Nepal as monsoon rains spark landslides
Published 30/07/2015 | 13:08
At least 20 people have died after landslides buried three villages in a mountain area of Nepal.
The National Emergency Operation Centre said landslides were triggered by heavy rain in the village at Lumle, about 125 miles west of Kathmandu, where rescuers pulled out 14 bodies.
A witness at the scene reported seeing police and army rescuers dig through piles of debris in a search for survivors.
Continuing rain was hampering the rescue and the road linking the village with Pokhara, the main city in the region, was blocked at several places, further delaying rescuers.
Another five bodies were pulled out of nearby Dudhe village, where two bridges were washed away.
One more person was killed in the neighbouring Baglung district, where the death toll is expected to rise.
Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal often trigger landslides in mountains and flooding in southern plains.
The devastating earthquake in April that killed nearly 8,900 people had set off many landslides and officials fear the heavy rainfall may trigger more.