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Fears of cholera outbreak in Nepal as rescuers recover bodies after heavy rains

Published on Aug 17, 2014 1:30 PM
 

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Rescuers in Nepal struggled to recover bodies on Sunday after monsoon rains swept away houses, killing at least 85 people and sparking fears of a deadly cholera outbreak, officials said.

Torrential rains last week led to multiple landslides and flooding, killing 85 people and leaving more than 100 others unaccounted for, according to the Home Ministry.

The rains have damaged roads across the country's western plains bordering India, forcing officials to rely on helicopters to rescue stranded people as well as deliver emergency supplies.

As the weather cleared up late Saturday, improving visibility after three days of incessant rain, army officials evacuated thousands from badly-hit Bardiya district in the country's western plains, said Home Ministry spokesman Laxmi Prasad Dhakal. "We have evacuated 18,200 people in Bardiya and moved them to relief centres where they can get help," Mr Dhakal told AFP.

In this photograph taken using a cellphone, Nepalese residents and rescue personnel stand among debris at the site of a landslide on the Sukoshi river in Sindhupalchowk district northeast of Kathmandu on Aug 3, 2014. Rescuers in Nepal struggled to recover bodies on Sunday after monsoon rains swept away houses, killing at least 85 people and sparking fears of a deadly cholera outbreak, officials said. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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