Heavy rain and landslides have killed at least 12 people in Nepal and 19 others are missing. Three children are among those who died in landslides. The Himalayan country has been witnessing very heavy rainfall since Thursday.
According to reports, most of the landslides happened in Sarangkot and Hemjan areas of Pokhara in Nepal.
Pokhara, about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu, is a popular tourist destination and serves as a base for trekkers in the Himalayas.
Among the 12, five were killed after a house was buried in landslide in Sarangkot on Friday, the police said.
Three members of a family were killed in Lamjung district and two others lost their lives in Rukum.
Several people are missing after two houses were buried in a landslide in Jajorkot district. Landslides have also blocked roads in western part of the country.
Many houses are reportedly swept away in floods as waters surged in the local streams after incessant rain. Blocked roads and mudslides are hampering rescue operations, reports said.
Narayani and other major rivers in Nepal have swollen due to the continuous downpour in the last 48 hours.
The country’s weather office has forecast more monsoon rain for another three days.
Earlier in June, Lightning wreaked havoc in India and had killed 116 people and injured dozens.
A lightning strike in Bihar had killed 92 people and 24 in Uttar Pradesh, the Bihar Minister for Disaster Management said.
Sajin Kumar of the Disaster Management Control Room said a total of 92 people had been reported killed in Bihar.
In the state of Uttar Pradesh, 24 people were killed and 24 injured due to lightning, said Muhammad Arif, project manager of the relief commissioner’s office.