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39 dead as landslides hit Nepal

dpa logodpa 27/07/2016

Nepal has once again been hit by disaster, landslides claiming the lives of 39 people, with more casualties expected.

At least 39 people were killed as flooding led to landslides in Nepal.

The heaviest casualties occurred in the Pyuthan district in central Nepal, where 15 bodies were recovered from areas affected by landslides on Wednesday, district authorities said.

In the Palpa district three members of the same family were killed by a landslide and in the Jhapa district in eastern Nepal, five people were killed when they drowned in a flooded river.

The most recent death was that of an infant who was buried by a landslide in the Myagdi district on Tuesday night.

The Nepalese Home Ministry expects the death toll will rise.

Monsoon season in Nepal, which lasts from July to September, causes disasters in the form of landslides and flooding every year.

Nepal's mountains have been more prone to landslides after heavy rainfall due to the earthquake of 2015, which claimed the lives of more than 8,000 people.

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