Heavy rain causes deadly landslides in Nepal

At least 13 dead and scores injured in landslides, just weeks after deaths of thousands in earthquakes.

    At least 13 people have been killed after heavy rains led to landslides in Nepal, Al Jazeera has learnt.

    Surendra Kumar Bhattarai, a local government official, said on Thursday that the landslides, which hit just weeks after twin quakes, killed more than 8,700 people and swept away a dozen houses in mountainous Taplejung district.

    Nepalese news website ekantipur reported that more than 80 people had been injured in the landslides and many people were still missing.

    Persistent bad weather is preventing army rescuers from being able to reach the disaster scene.

    Taplejung escaped serious damage in the April 25 and May 12 earthquakes, which caused landslides and destroyed half a million homes, leaving thousands without shelter just weeks before monsoon rains.

    Scores of people die every year from flooding and landslides during the monsoon season in the Himalayan nation.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera And AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.