Landslides hit quake devastated Nepal, kill at least 20

Officials say at least 20 people killed after landslides strike two villages in west Nepal, with more than 10 others missing

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The Ministry of Home Affairs in Nepal announced on Thursday that heavy rain triggered landslides in two villages in the west part of the country, killing at least 20 people and leaving around a dozen missing.

Spokesman for the ministry Laxmi Dhakal said the landslides struck villages near the resort town of Pokhara - some 125 km west of Kathmandu - after midnight, destroying at least 22 houses.  

Government officials said soldiers and police officers were sent to the disaster area to help in the search for the missing people, adding they are digging with their bare hands as bringing heavy equipment equipment to the area is difficult since the landslides blocked nearby roads.

Nepal is still struggling to deal with the devastation caused by two powerful earthquakes - a magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 25 followed by another magnitude 7.3 quake on May 12 - which together killed around 9,000 people in total.

TRTWorld and agencies