Nepal mudslide claims dozens of lives Monday

August 28, 2006 09:41


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A mudslide in Nepal claimed the lives of dozens of people as heavy rains submerged several more, officials said Monday. The mudslides, caused by heavy monsoon rains, hit the village of Khaptad on Sunday. Police teams and soldiers reached the village on Monday and were beginning an inspection of the area, Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula said, adding that he was holding an emergency meeting with rescue workers in Katmandu. Also, about 10 nearby villages along the Rapti River were flooded and several houses washed away, said Narendra Raj Sharma, chief administrator of the district. At least six people were killed in the flooding Sunday and hundreds more were out of contact, said Sharma. "We are still trying to acquire details on the losses."

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