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US tourist dies while trying to cross swollen river in Nepal

Published on Aug 21, 2014 8:28 PM
 
In this photograph taken on Aug 16, 2014, Nepalese villagers walk through floodwaters in the village of Holiya in Banke District some 351km west of Kathmandu. A United States tourist died on Thursday while trying to cross a swollen river in Nepal, the latest victim of floods and landslides feared to have killed more than 250 people, an official said. -- PHOTO: AFP

KATHMANDU (AFP) - A United States tourist died on Thursday while trying to cross a swollen river in Nepal, the latest victim of floods and landslides feared to have killed more than 250 people, an official said.

The 81-year-old American man was found dead on the banks of the Paruwa river in western Nepal, where floods triggered by torrential rains last week wrecked bridges and other infrastructure, said local government official Krishna Prasad Acharya.

"The bridge on the river was destroyed by flooding a few days ago... it is a dangerous river to cross on foot and it looks like he either slipped or was swept away by the current," Mr Acharya told AFP.

Police have opened an investigation into his death and are trying to contact his family in the US, he added.

 
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