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Rescuers search through debris for human remains after landslide sweeps through six Nepalese villages

Published 12/06/2015 | 07:21

People sit on a truck loaded with wood recovered from a house that collapsed during the April 25 earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
People sit on a truck loaded with wood recovered from a house that collapsed during the April 25 earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
A woman covers herself with a shawl as dust blows while the wreckage of a house damaged in the April 25 earthquake is demolished in Bhaktapur, Nepal, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
A man is silhouetted against the sun as he manually demolishes the wreckage of a house which collapsed in the April 25 earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
A woman carries bricks recovered from the debris of a house that collapsed in the April 25 earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
Women walk past collapsed houses as the wreckage is manually demolished following the April 25 earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
People walk in front of the wreckage of collapsed houses after the April 25 earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
A boy (C) throws debris while manually demolishing collapsed houses, following the April 25 earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
People carry a wooden ladder recovered from a collapsed house following the April 25 earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
People manually demolish the wreckage of collapsed houses following the April 25 earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
Dust blows as a woman sweeps the premises of Hanumandhoka Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site, as debris from temples that collapsed following the April 25 earthquake is cleared in Kathmandu, Nepal June 8, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
A boy walks along the debris of a collapsed temple carrying a trident, which is locally called "Trishul", a weapon used by Lord Shiva also known as the god of destruction, after the April 25 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal June 8, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
Dust blows as women sweep the premises of Hanumandhoka Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site, as the debris from the collapsed temples are cleared after the April 25 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal June 8, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
Nepalese army personnel prepares to load the body of an earthquake victim who died on the U.S. military UH-1Y Huey helicopter crash during a mission to aid victims of the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal June 8, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
Nepalese army personnel prepares to load the body of an earthquake victim who died on the U.S. military UH-1Y Huey helicopter crash during a mission to aid victims of the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal June 8, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
Nepalese army personnel prepares to load the body of an earthquake victim who died in the U.S. military UH-1Y Huey helicopter crash, during a mission to aid victims, of the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal June 8, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Rescuers are searching through piles of rocks and debris after a landslide swept through six mountainous Nepalese villages, killing at least 24 people and leaving dozens missing.

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Heavy rain hampered the search in Taplejung district, about 310 miles east of the capital Kathmandu, where the landslide on Wednesday night caught residents asleep.

A lull in the monsoon rains yesterday enabled a rescue helicopter to evacuate eight injured people.

Twenty-four bodies have been dug up but dozens more are reported missing, said police official Shanti Raj Koirala.

The remote area was pounded by the highest rainfall in 27 years, according to the Nepal's Department Of Hydrology and Meteorology. The nearest town is at least five hours away on foot when the weather is good. There are no government offices or police stations in the area.

Landslides are common in mountainous Nepal during the rainy season, which began in June and ends in September.

Raj Kumar Khatri (9) with his Uncle Ganesh Babu Rhaln at the crenmation of Raj's Mother Kamala at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Pic:Mark Condren
30.4.2015
Raj Kumar Khatri (9) with his Uncle Ganesh Babu Rhaln at the crenmation of Raj's Mother Kamala at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pic:Mark Condren 30.4.2015
Crenmations of the earthquake victims at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pic:Mark Condren 30.4.2015
Crenmations of the earthquake victims at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pic:Mark Condren 30.4.2015
Anuja Maharjan (7) outside her familys restaurant near Bungamati which was devastated in the Nepal earthquake. Pic:Mark Condren 1.5.2015
Raj Kumar Khatri (9) with his Uncle Ganesh Babu Rhaln at the crenmation of Raj's Mother Kamala at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pic:Mark Condren 30.4.2015
A man walks through rubble in Kathmandu, Nepal after the earthquake hit the region. Pic:Mark Condren 1.5.2015
An arthquake victims is brought for crenmation at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pic:Mark Condren 30.4.2015
Crenmations of the earthquake victims at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pic:Mark Condren 30.4.2015
Crenmations of the earthquake victims at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pic:Mark Condren 30.4.2015
A man clears his belongings from his home in Bungamati Nepal after the earthquake hit the region. Pic:Mark Condren 1.5.2015
Anuja Maharjan (7) outside her familys restaurant near Bungamati which was devastated in the Nepal earthquake. Pic:Mark Condren 1.5.2015
Maiya Shakya resident of Bungamati which was devastated in the Nepal earthquake. Pic:Mark Condren 1.5.2015
Crenmations of the earthquake victims at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pic:Mark Condren 30.4.2015

The Himalayan nation is still recovering from earthquakes in April and May that killed more than 8,700 people and caused massive damage, with many roads cut off by landslides.

Meanwhile, the government announced it would hire international experts to study trekking routes in the mountains of Nepal to see if they are safe for hikers to return.

Nineteen people were killed and scores injured in an avalanche at Mount Everest base camp triggered by the April 25 quake. Also, the trails around the Langtang valley in northern Nepal were damaged and an entire village buried by a landslide and avalanche set off by the earthquake.

Tens of thousands of foreigners come to Nepal every year to trek on the foothills of the Himalayan peaks. The next trekking season starts in September.

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