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9 dead in landslides in Nepal

Xinhua
10 Jul 2020, 23:18 GMT+10

KATHMANDU, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Nine people were killed in 24 hours from the landslides that occurred in two western districts of Nepal following incessant rainfall in the country, local official said on Friday.

The landslides buried houses in Kaski and Lamjung districts on Thursday night and six people died on the spot in Pokhara Metropolitan City-18, Sarankot.

Jiban Shrestha, superintendent of police in Kaski District Police Office, said eight injured have been rescued so far. The injured are being treated at local hospitals.

Among the victims, "a person in his 30s was killed by the landslide in another location of Pokhara," Shrestha told Xinhua, "His house located at Paitedanda was swept by the landslide where three of his family members were successfully rescued."

Meanwhile, in another landslide incident at Lamjung district, three people of the same family were killed.

Rescue operation was hampered as landslides blocked roads. "According to the information received by the police in Lamjung, there are still 60 households that are living under the risk of landslide," he added.

With activated monsoon in the Himalayan country, the country is expected to encounter more landslides. According to the country's Hydrology and Meteorology department, the country would experience heavy rainfall from July 9 to July 12.

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