Landslides, flash floods kill 11 in Nepal

July 20th, 2008 - 1:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Kathmandu, July 20 (DPA) Landslides and flash floods triggered by torrential monsoon rain across Nepal killed at least 11 people, media reports said Sunday. Five people returning from work were buried under a landslide in Dhading district, west of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, Kantipur newspaper said.

At least four others were injured in the accident while another man drowned in the flooded river in the district.

Three people of a family died in Solukhumbhu district, some 200 km northeast of Kathmandu, when their house was destroyed in a landslide.

Two more people were killed in Rautahat district in flash floods, the newspaper reported.

The country’s meteorological department said some places in southern and western Nepal had recorded up to 90 mm of rain in the past 24 hours triggering landslides and flash floods.

Last year, at least 150 people died in landslides and flooding across Nepal with more than 250,000 people displaced from their homes.

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