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13 die, 14 missing in Nepal due to floods and landslides


08:21, June 19, 2013

KATHMANDU, June 18 (Xinhua) -- A total of 13 people have lost their lives and 14 have gone missing due to landslides and floods trigged by heavy rainfall in different parts of Nepal by Tuesday evening, police said.

With the beginning of monsoon season, the country is receiving heavy rainfall for the last few days, causing landslides, floods and house collapse at different parts of the country.

Nepal Police Spokesperson Keshav Adhikari told Xinhua that 13 people have been confirmed dead in Dailekh, Baitadi and Achham, the mid and far-west hill districts of Nepal.

Seven members of a single family were killed after their houses collapsed on Monday night due to landslides at Malika VDC-2 in Dailekh district. Four people have been killed at Siddheshwor VDC of Baitadi district when a landslide swept their house the same night. Similarly, two people have been killed at Kuntibandali village of Achham when landslide hit their houses while they were sleeping.

Meanwhile, fourteen people have been reported missing as they were washed away by the flood in Sannigad River in Kalikot district, the police said. Moreover, many houses along with two bridges over the river have also been washed away.

The district headquarters of Darchula in the north west Nepal is in panic as swollen Mahakali River intruded into the small town Sunday night. The Mahakali river bordering India has swept away 50 houses and displaced 1,500 people, the police said.

Similarly, 1,500 houses have been inundated in Bardiya District due to the floods in the Karnali River. Around 700 families have been displaced due to flood in Sonaha, Murgarwa of Daulatpur VDC in Rajpur Tappu of Bardiya district.

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