Floods, landslides kill 23 in Nepal, dozens missing

KATHMANDU (CNA) – Heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides that killed at least 23 people and displaced thousands in western Nepal, officials said yesterday.

Nine people were killed and more than 30 were missing in Myagdi district, 200 kilometres northwest of the capital Kathmandu, where several houses were destroyed on Friday, District Administrator Gyan Nath Dhakal said.

“The toll is expected to increase as rescuers just reached the remote site to look for victims,” Dhakal said, adding that 50 people had been plucked to safety using helicopters.

In neighbouring Kaski district, seven people were killed, said a second government official in the tourist town of Pokhara.

Another seven were killed in Jajarkot district in the far west.

“We are searching for eight people who are still missing,” said Kishore Shrestha, a senior police official.