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Nepal Flood and Landslides- 40 Deaths, Thousands Forced to Flee Homes

Nepal Flood and Landslides- 40 Deaths, Thousands Forced to Flee Homes


Heavy rains caused to flash floods and landslides that killed at least 40 people and thousands of others were forced to flee their homes, officials said on Saturday.

Twenty people were killed and at least 13 others were missing in Myagdi district, 125 miles northwest of the capital Kathmandu, where several houses were destroyed on Friday, district administrator Gyan Nath Dhakal said.

'Rescuers are looking for those who are still missing in Myagdi,' Dhakal said, adding that 50 people had been plucked to safety using helicopters. 'Eleven people who were injured in the landslides have been moved to nearby hospitals,' he said.

Residents and rescue workers inspect the area outside a house damaged by a landslide and the swell of the Thado-Koshi river due to heavy rains in Jambu village of Sindhupalchok district, some 80 kms northeast of Kathmandu on July 9, 2020

Another seven were killed in Jajarkot district in the far west and six people were killed in Gulmi, Lamjung and Sindhupalchowk in central Nepal.

'We are searching for eight people who are still missing,' said Kishore Shrestha, a senior police official, said.

In the southern plains bordering India, the Koshi river, which causes deadly floods in the eastern Indian state of Bihar almost every year, was flowing above the danger level, police said.
 

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