17 killed and 6 missing as heavy rains lash across Nepal

Kathmandu: At least 17 people were killed in floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in Nepal on Friday, home ministry officials said here.

Another six people have been missing, Nepal Police confirmed. Initial reports suggest that about 400 families in Morang and 35 families in Bara have been displaced.

As many as 13 people were also injured in rain-related incidents in several parts of the country.

Heavy rains since Thursday have hit 20 of Nepal’s 77 districts, in the hills as well as in southern plains.

Monsoon induced heavy rains for the past few days left many settlements at high risk of floods and landslides in several places in Nepal. Transportation has also been disrupted in all major highways. Waterlogging has cut off other modes of communication too.

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Rain-fed rivers have also started to erode embankments putting nearby settlements at high risk of flooding.

Nepal Government is on high alert and is trying to bring the situation under control.

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