Death toll climbs to 49 following heavy rains in Nepal

The death toll from landslides and flooding brought on by heavy rainfall in Nepal climbed to 49 on Wednesday.

The number of fatalities from landslides in the most seriously affected district, Pyuthan, was upped to 22 from the previous count of 15 by district authorities.

In Palpa, four people died in a landslide, including three members of the same family. An infant was buried by a landslide in Myagdi on Tuesday night.

Twenty people were missing in different districts.

The Home Ministry expects the toll to rise even further.

Monsoon in Nepal, which lasts from July to September, causes disastrous landslides and flooding every year.

Nepal's mountains have been particularly brittle and more prone to landslides following a major earthquake in 2015.

Last update: Wed, 27/07/2016 - 19:18
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