Landslides, floods in Nepal kill 39

AFP-JIJI

At least 39 people have died in landslides and floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in mainly remote parts of Nepal, a government official reported Thursday.

The death toll is likely to rise, with some 18 people still missing, after floods hit mostly farming communities in the country’s southern plains and remote western hills, said Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, chief of the National Emergency Operation Center, which monitors natural disasters in Nepal.

“So far, 39 people from across the country have been killed by landslides and floods,” said Dhakal.

Fourteen of the country’s 75 districts have been declared disaster-hit by the government following the floods, which have also damaged more than 180 homes, officials said.