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Landslides, floods kill 109, displace thousands in Nepal, India

Published on Aug 16, 2014 11:15 PM
 

KATHMANDU (AFP) - The death toll from landslides and flooding triggered by torrential monsoon rains in Nepal and northern India climbed to at least 109 on Saturday as tides of water, mud and rocks swept away houses, officials said.

The downpours also displaced thousands of people in the scenic Himalayan region and revived memories of a deadly deluge last year that killed more than 5,000 people in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

The rains in Nepal over the past three days have killed 85 people and left more than 100 others unaccounted for, said national disaster management chief Yadav Prasad Koirala.

"We have recovered 85 bodies so far, 54 people have suffered injuries due to landslides and flooding over the last three days and 113 are still missing," Koirala told AFP.

Indian residents and security personnel dig through mud following heavy rainfall and landslides in the Pauri district of the state of Uttarakhand on Aug 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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