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A passenger jeep veered off a dirt track in south-western Nepal on Sunday, killing at least nine people and injuring six, local police said.

The jeep fell into a small stream some 700 metres down the road in Ratanmde, a mountain hamlet roughly 127 kilometres south-west of capital Kathmandu, said senior police officer Nawa Rata Paudel.

"The six injured have been taken to a local hospital. We are investigating the cause of the accident," Paudel said.

Fifty people have been killed in road accidents in the last two weeks in Nepal.

The latest accident occurred even as lawmakers in Kathmandu on Sunday demanded that the government ensure the safety of passengers.

Poorly maintained vehicles coupled with reckless driving and bad roads lead to numerous fatal road accidents in Nepal every year.

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