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Dozens still missing in Nepal flash flood
Search for survivors continues after flash floods hit central Nepal, killing at least 21 people and leaving 47 missing.
Last Modified: 07 May 2012 20:00
Rescuers in Nepal's central Annapurna region after said that there was almost no hope of finding survivors [AFP]

Rescuers have been digging through mud and debris searching for bodies after a flash flood swept through west Nepal killing at least 21 people and leaving dozens missing, police have said.

A torrent of water swept away scores of houses, vehicles and a bridge near the resort town of Pokhara, about 125km west of Kathmandu, after an avalanche that had blocked the Seti River gave way on Saturday.

Forty-seven people, including three Ukranian tourists, were still missing after the flood hit, police said.

Pokhara is the second-biggest city of Nepal after Kathmandu and is the gateway to Mount Annapurna, the world's 10th-highest peak.

Tourists begin their trek to the scenic Annapurna region from Pokhara.

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