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Nepal landslides bury mountain villages, killing 30

At least 30 people have died after landslides buried several mountain villages in Nepal.

The National Emergency Operation Centre said landslides were triggered by heavy rain in the village at Lumle, about 125 miles west of Kathmandu, where rescuers pulled out 19 bodies.

Police and army rescuers were digging through piles of debris in search of at least 11 more people.

More rain was falling, and helicopters were grounded. The highway linking the village with Pokhara, the main city in the region, was blocked at several places, delaying rescuers.

Another five bodies were recovered in the nearby Dudhe village, where two bridges were washed away.

One more person was killed in the neighbouring Baglung district, where the death toll was expected to rise.

There was also a report of five others killed in three separate villages bringing the death toll to 30.

Heavy rains during the seasonal monsoon in Nepal often trigger landslides in the mountains and flooding in the southern plains.

The devastating earthquake in April that killed nearly 8,900 people had set off many landslides and officials fear that the heavy rainfall would trigger more.


From Belfast Telegraph