Disasters & Accidents

Landslide death toll in Nepal hits 49 in last 48 hours

Kathmandu, Jul 11 (efe-epa).- Nepali rescue teams on Saturday recovered 26 bodies after landslides earlier in the week, bringing the death toll from the adverse monsoon weather in the country this week to 49.

The landslides occurred Thursday amid torrential rain.

Chief of Myagdi Police Kiran Jung Kunwar told Efe that 24 bodies were recovered in three different municipalities —18 bodies were recovered from Dhaulagiri Rural Municipality, eight from Malika Rural Municipality and one from Raghuganga Rural Municipality.

Kunwar said another four people remain unaccounted for in the region, which is around 200 kilometers from the capital Kathmandu.

The interior ministry also reported the death of two people in the central Kaski region.

Saturday’s operations bring the nation’s death toll as a result of the adverse monsoon weather to 49 in the last 48 hours.

“Rescue operations are still underway in Sindhupalchowk, near the Nepal-China border point where 22 were still missing on Wednesday,” National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority spokesperson Janardan Gautam told Efe.

“On Saturday, one person was rescued alive in Sindhupalchowk but heavy rainfall and bad weather has hampered the operations.”

The rain has not let up in Nepal this week.

Spokesman Gautum said that an average of 100 people die every year during Monsoon weather in Nepal.

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