One killed as landslide hits Nepal school

KATHMANDU (AFP) - A landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains buried parts of a school in western Nepal on Thursday, killing a student and injuring 12 people.

Police said the landslide buried three classrooms at the school in Pokhara where students were sitting end-of-term exams.

"One student was killed and 12 others, including three teachers, were injured," district police chief Hari Bahadur Pal told AFP, adding that most students had already finished their exams and left when the landslide hit.

Pal said the injured were being treated at a local hospital and none were in a critical condition.

Scores of people die every year from flooding and landslides during the monsoon season in Nepal.

The latest incident comes a month after 35 people were killed in northeast Nepal by a landslide, also triggered by heavy rains.

Nepal is still reeling from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake and aftershocks that killed over 8,800 people and destroyed nearly 600,000 homes this year, leaving thousands in desperate need of food, clean water and shelter.

The monsoon is already hampering delivery of relief supplies to mountainous villages and there are fears the monsoon could bring even more damage to roads already hit by the quake.