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Deadly floods hit western Nepal
At least 14 killed and more missing after flash floods sweep away village near tourism site of Mount Annapurna.
Last Modified: 06 May 2012 11:29
The flood caused widespread damage around Mount Annapurna, a renowned tourist attraction in the country [AFP]

At least 14 people have been killed after flash floods caused devastation in western Nepal.  

The deluge destroyed houses and swept away cattle in Kharapani, a village near Mount Annapurna, after a mountain river burst its banks.

Mount Annapurna is one of the Himalayan country's most popular tourist destinations and three Russian tourists were reported to be among the missing.

"Two army helicopters and a private airliner have been deployed to the area. We have army rescue teams scouring five villages for survivors," Ramindra Chhetri, a spokesman for the Nepalese Army, said.

Bishnu Paudel, a conservationist, said some people had fled to the hills to escape the deluge.

"The water has risen so high that it was up to a bridge. I found two truck drivers who had survived by fleeing to a hill nearby," said Paudel.

Nepalese broadcasters also showed flood water sweeping into Pokhara, Nepal's second city.

A spokesman for Baburam Bhattarai, the Nepalese prime minister, said authorities had been ordered to conduct rescue operations without any delay.

"Bhattarai is monitoring the incident and is in touch with the authorities in Pokhara. An army helicopter with experts has also been despatched as per his request," the spokesman said.

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