12 dead, at least 21 missing in Nepal landslides

KASKI: A man stands on a damaged trail bridge that was washed away after the river flooded due to heavy rainfall in Kaski District, Nepal, on July 31, 2015. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Landslides triggered by torrential rain swept through two villages in Nepal on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, a government official said.

Ten people were killed and 21 are missing after a massive landslide swept away homes and people in Barahbise, 62 miles east of Kathmandu near the border with the Tibet region of China, said Nepali government official Murari Wasti. Two others died in a landslide in Baglung in the northwest.

Both landslides struck the villages before dawn and people could not escape to safety, rescuers said.

"Rescuers are looking for those who are missing," Wasti told Reuters.

The latest fatalities took the death toll from landslides and flash floods in the June-September monsoon season to 314. At least 111 people remain missing and 160 have been injured, Wasti said.

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