3 killed in Nepal landslide

IANS . Kathmandu | Update:

A Nepali man wades through flood water after the Hanumante River overflowed following monsoon rain in the Thimi area of Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu on 12 July 2018. Photo: AFPAt least three people died while several others were affected by the monsoon-induced floods and landslides across the Kathmandu valley on Thursday.

According to police officials, three members of a family died when they were buried by a landslide behind their house in Changunarayarn municipality in Bhaktapur, the Kathmandu Post reported.

Bhaktapur district, located inside the valley, was mostly affected due to the flooding caused by the swollen local river following torrential rain since Wednesday night.

Most of the settlements of the district were inundated while a major road-section of Araniko Highway was water-logged. Water entered the ground floors of hundreds of houses and locals struggled to get out of their houses. Most of the shops and businesses remained closed.

Nepal Army personnel were mobilized to rescue residents and help them move towards safer locations. Roads and highways were obstructed in several parts of the country due to the flooding and landslides triggered by the incessant rainfall.

According to the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, the rain will continue for a few days in Kathmandu and in different parts of the country. It urged the general public to remain alert.

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