Heavy rains, landslides and floods leave 12 dead and 19 missing

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Nepal: Many killed and missing after homes were blown away by floods

Kathmandu:

Heavy rains and landslides have left at least 12 people dead in Nepal and 19 others missing, police said on Friday. Three children are among those who died during landslides. The Himalayan country has experienced very heavy rainfall since Thursday.

Most of the landslides occurred in the Sarangkot and Hemjan regions of Pokhara in Nepal, according to a report by the press agency Press Trust of India. Pokhara, about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, is a popular tourist destination and a base for Himalayan hikers.

Among the 12, five were killed after a house was buried in a landslide in Sarangkot early in the morning Friday, police said. Three family members were killed in Lamjung district and two others died in Rukum.

Several people are missing after two houses were buried in a landslide in the Jajorkot district. Landslides have also blocked roads in the western part of the country. Many homes were reported to have been washed away by the floods as water rose in local streams after incessant rain. Blocked roads and mudslides hamper rescue operations, local reports said.

Narayani and other major rivers in Nepal have swelled due to the continuous downpour in the past 48 hours. The country’s meteorological office has forecast further monsoon rains for another three days.

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