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Floods leave 2 dead, 18 missing in Nepal

09 Jul 2020, 18:44 GMT+10

KATHMANDU, July 9 (Xinhua) -- At least two people died and 18 others were missing as rain-triggered floods hit Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district Wednesday night, local administration and police confirmed.

The floods and landslides had also damaged the road connecting the Tatopani-Zhangmu border point between Nepal and China, they said.

Umesh Kumar Dhakal, chief district officer at District Administration Office Sindhuplachowk told Xinhua on Thursday morning that the bodies of the deceased had been found.

Two people died, 14 were missing and three were injured as the floods in a nearby stream swept away 11 houses in Barhabise municipality, he said.

Four people were missing and two were injured as two houses were swept away by the floods in Bhotekoshi municipality, he added.

According to him, Araniko Highway connecting capital city Kathmandu with the Nepal-China border point had been damaged in at least seven locations.

"This will affect trade with China for some days," said Dhakal.

The Tatopani-Zhangmu border point was reopened late in March after closure for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Superintendent of Police Prajwol Maharjan at District Police Office Sindhuplachowk told Xinhua on Thursday "It appears the damage is severer than what has been known."

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