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At least 30 killed in floods and landslides in Nepal

At least 30 killed in floods and landslides in Nepal

Continuous rainfall across the country for the past two days and resulting floods and landslides have claimed 49 lives while dozens others are missing across the country.

The country's home ministry said on Sunday that the death toll had risen to 49, with 17 people injured and thousands left homeless.

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Rescue teams of soldiers, police and local people have been deployed to help those trapped on rooftops or on higher ground, officials added, as TV pictures showed damaged roads and bridges.

The water level in various rivers increasing and some are flowing above the danger mark.

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In a press release issued this evening, the Ministry of Home Affairs has urged the industrialists, philanthropists, and humanitarian and social organizations to provide relief including foodstuff required by the families in distress due to the natural disasters.

Landslides and flooding are common in the Himalayan region during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September. He said there was no estimate yet for property losses. "In Surkhet district, we have evacuated about 200 people to shelters", the statement said. "But we are more focused on rescuing those who are alive than collecting details about the dead", he said, indicating the death toll could go up. Biratnagar airport has been closed after flood water gushed into the airport area. People have been shifted to safer places.

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