Torrential rain triggers landslide in Nepal, at least 16 killed

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Kathmandu, July 30: At least 16 people were killed and dozens missing due to landslide triggered by heavy rains in Nepal, media reported on Thursday.

Torrential rain triggered landslides in villages near Pokhara, more than 200km (124 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu, reported BBC.

Nepal landslide kills 16 people

"The death toll is likely to go up," said an official.

"Nepali rescue teams were searching houses buried by landslides," Chief District Officer Krishna Bahadur Raut was quoted as saying.

Annual monsoon rains often trigger landslides in Nepal's mountain areas and flooding in the south.

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"One rescue team has already reached the affected area," Mr Raut said. "More teams are trying to reach the affected villages by removing landslides that have affected the Pokhara-Baglung highway."

Landslides are common during Nepal's monsoon season, which begins in June and lasts until September.

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