July 29, 2020 / 11:02 AM / 9 days ago

Landslides sweep kill nine people in remote Nepal village

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Landslides triggered by heavy rains killed nine more people in Nepal this week, raising the Himalayan nation’s death toll from floods and landslides to 160 since late May, a government official said on Wednesday.

Seven people from the same family, including three children and three women, were killed in their sleep late on Tuesday when their house was swept away in the remote Naraharinath village, 430 km (268 miles) northwest of the capital Kathmandu.

Two people were killed in another house that was destroyed by a second landslide in the same village, Home Ministry official Murari Wasti said, adding three others were rescued.

At least 58 are still missing and 87 injured, he said.

Landslides and floods are common in Nepal during the annual May-September monsoon rains that lash South Asia.

In the adjoining eastern Indian state of Bihar, floods have so far killed eight people and affected nearly 3 million. In the northeastern Indian state of Assam, 5.7 million people have so far been affected by floods that have also killed 103.

Reporting by Gopal Sharma in Kathmandu and Jatindra Dash in Bhubaneswar; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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