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23 killed in floods and landslides in Nepal

Sunday, 13 August 2017 12:11
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Kathmandu, August 12: At least 23 people were killed and hundreds of others displaced in floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in several districts across Nepal, officials said today.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, six persons were killed in Sunsari district in southern Nepal.

Four persons were killed in Sindhuli, four in Banke and one person each in Morang and Jhapa districts, The Himalayan Times reported.

"At least three elderly people went missing in flood at Sundar Haraincha in Morang district," Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson Joint Secretary Deepak Kafle said.

"Six bodies were fished out from the swollen streams in Sunsari while hundreds of families were displaced," he added.

Jhapa, Morang Sunsari, Sapttari, Siraha, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Banke, Bardiya and Dang were the worst affected by flood.

Hundreds of houses have been submerged in Morang.

Biratnagar airport has been closed after flood water gushed into the airport area.

The government has mobilised Nepal Police, Nepali Army and Armed Police Force (APF) personnel for rescue and recovery work, the ministry said. (PTI)

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