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Landslide and massive flood kills eight persons in Nepal

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

A huge landslide and flood triggered by torrential rains in today killed at least eight persons, including three of a family while more than 3,000 people were displaced, prompting deployment of the for rescue and relief operations.

The landslide hit the district last night and swept away the home of the family while they were asleep.

The bodies of the victims were identified as that of a 70-year-old man, his 62-year-old wife and their granddaughter. The bodies have been pulled out of the debris, police said.

Two persons were killed in Rupandehi, one each in Kapilvastu, Baglung and jhapa districts, according to the

Parts of Municipally have been submerged due to the flood on the following continuous downpour for the past three days.

Dozens of houses were inundated due to the flood displacing hundreds of people.

Himal Shrestha, for the Police, said 111 people were rescued from floods in the Radhe Radhe area and the nearby

"Most of the people we rescued are earthquake victims staying in temporary shelters and vegetable farmers. Their place is unlivable," said Shrestha, adding that they may be displaced for two more days.

Over 700 security personnel, more than five dozen personnel and soldiers--and members were deployed for the rescue operation. They used rafts and cranes to rescue the people, reported.

Schools, hospitals, shops, and industries in the Radhe Radhe and Madhyapur Thimi areas remained closed throughout the day as water level rose up to four feet above ground.

This is not the first time that the area has been inundated. In 2015, displaced 850 people from their temporary shelters at the Maheshwori playground. These victims had become homeless in the earthquake earlier that year.

said the inundation was caused by the swollen river. Geologists blamed encroachment of riverbanks and for the mayhem.

In June, at least three persons of a family, including a girl, were killed in a huge landslide triggered by torrential rains.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 13:15 IST