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Landslides kill 23 in Nepal, several missing

Pokhara, 200 kilometres of Kathmandu, is popular among tourists and serves as a base for trekkers heading up to mountain trails.

, AP   |   Kathmandu   |   Published 11.07.20, 12:17 PM

Landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rain on Friday killed at least 23 people and left 30 others missing in Nepal, officials said.

Seven people died when mudslides hit three different spots around the resort town of Pokhara, police official Subash Hamal said.

Pokhara, 200 kilometres west of the capital, Kathmandu, is popular among tourists and serves as a base for trekkers heading up to mountain trails.

Just north of Pokhara, a landslide swept through two villages in Myagdi district, damaging 37 houses.

Government administrator Mahesh Subedi said so far three bodies had been pulled out but 30 more are still missing.

Roads were also blocked by mudslides, making rescue efforts difficult while continuing rains prevented helicopter flights.

Landslides are common in the Himalayan nation during the monsoon season that began in June and lasts up to September.

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