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No hope of survivors in deadly Nepal landslide: Official

Published on Aug 3, 2014 3:20 PM
 
In this photograph released by the Nepalese Army on Aug 2, 2014, Nepalese residents stand near damaged houses after flooding near the scene of a landslide near the Sunkoshi River northeast of Kathmandu. Rescuers on Sunday, Aug 3, ruled out finding any more survivors of a landslide in north-east Nepal that is feared to have buried dozens of people under tonnes of mud and rocks. -- PHOTO: AFP

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Rescuers on Sunday ruled out finding any more survivors of a landslide in north-east Nepal that is feared to have buried dozens of people under tonnes of mud and rocks.

Eight bodies have been pulled from the rubble after the landslide struck hamlets along a river in Sindhupalchok district before dawn on Saturday burying homes and leaving at least 100 people missing.

"It has been over 24 hours that people would have been buried in mud. We have no hope of finding anyone alive," government disaster management head Yadav Prasad Koirala told AFP in Kathmandu.

As police and soldiers resumed their search for the missing, efforts were also underway to clear landslide debris blocking the Sunkoshi river, sparking fears of flash floods downstream, including across the border in India.

 
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