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Landslides in Nepal kill 12 people

  • Published at 07:11 pm September 13th, 2020
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File photo: Residents and rescue workers inspect the area outside a house damaged by a landslide in Jambu village of Sindhupalchok district, some 80 kms northeast of Kathmandu on July 9, 2020 AFP

Both landslides struck the villages before dawn and people could not escape to safety

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

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

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.

The latest fatalities took the death toll from landslides and flash floods in the June-September monsoon season to 314. At least 111 people remain missing and 160 have been injured, Wasti said.

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