At least 20 dead in Nepal flood, 44 missing

KATHMANDU Mon May 7, 2012 8:27pm IST

Locals look towards the bank of Seti River that used to be a small village, swiped away by a flash flood caused by an avalanche in the Annapurna mountain range on Saturday, in Kaski district May 6, 2012. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Locals look towards the bank of Seti River that used to be a small village, swiped away by a flash flood caused by an avalanche in the Annapurna mountain range on Saturday, in Kaski district May 6, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

Related Topics

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Rescuers dug through mud and debris on Monday searching for bodies after a flash flood swept through west Nepal killing at least 20 people and leaving dozens missing, police said.

A torrent of water swept away scores of houses, vehicles and a bridge near the resort town of Pokhara, about 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu, after an avalanche which had blocked the Seti River gave way.

Forty-four people, including three Ukranian tourists, were still missing after the flood hit on Saturday, police said.

Pokhara is the second-biggest city of Nepal after Kathmandu and is the gateway to Mount Annapurna, the world's 10th-highest peak. Tourists begin their trek to the scenic Annapurna region from Pokhara.

(Reporting by Gopal Sharma; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87.  Full Article 

Boat Tragedy

Boat Tragedy

South Korea ferry death toll rises, hopes fade for hundreds missing.  Full Article 

Life Out There?

Life Out There?

Scientists find Earth-sized world in orbit friendly to life.  Full Article 

Prison Term

Prison Term

Ex-Goldman director Rajat Gupta starts prison term on June 17.  Full Article 

Top Seeds Advance

Top Seeds Advance

Nadal, Federer and Djokovic all breeze into last eight with comfortable wins.  Full Article 

Grave Allegation

Grave Allegation

'X-Men' director Singer accused of drugging and raping teenage boy.  Full Article 

Soccer Preview

Soccer Preview

Preview - Battered Barca in La Liga last-chance saloon.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage