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53 killed in Nepal mudslides

Kathmandu, Aug. 16 (Reuters): Flash floods and mudslides following heavy rains have killed at least 53 people in Nepal over the past three days and cut off remote communities in the mountains, the government said today.

The landslides and flooding were triggered by annual monsoon rains since Wednesday, causing rain-soaked earth and rocks to crash down on homes while rivers swelled and washed away low-lying villages.

Nepal’s home ministry said 75 people were unaccounted for and 36 were in hospitals and medical centres. Video clips on television showed people wading through waist-deep water carrying belongings as well as submerged houses. Officials said more than 25 per cent of Nepal’s 75 administrative districts were hit by landslides or floods.

 
 
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