17 dead in Nepal after heavy rain causes landslides

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At least 17 people have been killed in landslides. (representative)

Kathmandu:

In western Nepal, at least 17 people have died in landslides caused by heavy rain in the past 24 hours, an official said on Saturday.

The landslides occurred in several parts of the Achham district of Sudurpaschim province, which has been badly hit by flooding in recent days due to incessant rainfall.

At least 17 people have been killed in landslides in the district, which is about 450 km (281 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu, according to acting chief of Dipesh Rijal district.

Eleven people injured in the incidents were flown to Surkhet district for treatment. Three people are missing in the landslides, according to the official.

Nepalese police personnel have been mobilized and rescue work is underway to search for the missing persons, he added.

The number of victims could increase, the official said, adding that the Bhimdutta Highway connecting seven districts in the province was also disrupted by the disaster.

The communications department in Achham was also affected by the incidents.

Floods and landslides are common in the mountainous areas of Nepal, especially between June and September.

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