At least 30 feared killed after landslide buries six Nepal villages

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Jun 11, 2015 18:43 IST

At least 30 people have been feared killed in a landslide which buried six villages in Taplejung district of northeastern Nepal on Thursday morning.

Nepalese government officials say the landslide was triggered by heavy rainfall. Rescue and relief efforts have been hampered by inclement weather.

"We have been able to recover and identify 13 bodies. Nineteen people are missing, but the figures could go higher," said Nepal Police spokesperson Kamal Singh Bam.

Dozens of houses in the six affected villages have either been buried or swept away. Authorities fear the number of casualties could go up. Local reports put death toll at over 40.

"Continuous rainfall in the affected area has hampered rescue and relief efforts. We are trying to provide essentials to those affected and rescue others," said Surendra Bhattarai, chief district officer of Taplejung.

Six more villages have been affected and three bridges have been swept away due to landslides and flash floods in Sankhuwasabha district. No casualty has been reported.

Hundreds of landslides have occurred in Nepal since the April 25 and May 12 earthquakes blocking roads and damaging houses in several districts. The two temblors killed over 8,700 and injured nearly 22,000.

With monsoon expected to hit the country within the next 3-4 days, there is fear many more areas in the hilly could witness disasters caused by landslides and avalanches.

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