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Flooding, landslides kill 22 in Nepal

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Publish Date :Tue, 28 Jul 2009

Flooding and landslides brought on by two days of heavy monsoon rains in Nepal have killed 22 people and several more are missing, officials say. Home Ministry official Iswor Regmi said the death toll could rise from the rains that began over the weekend as reports pour in from remote villages, some of them several days' walk from the nearest town or telephone.

In the worst incident, at least 13 people were killed in a landslide in Takdoo village early on Monday, chief government administrator Talasi Gautam said. He said rescuers were still digging through mud and debris searching for victims. The village, about 200km northeast of Kathmandu, is at least two days' trek from the district capital, and the continuing rain was making rescue efforts difficult. Separately, six Hindu pilgrims were swept away while trying to cross the swollen Kamal river in the country's southeast, Regmi said. He said the other three confirmed deaths were in separate floods or landslides. Every year, hundreds of people are killed by landslides and flooding during this Himalayan nation's monsoon season.