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Nepal floods and landslides leave 17 dead, others missing

A man and his daughter struggle to leave a flooded area following torrential rains in Kathmandu, Nepal. Source: AAP

Nepal has been lashed by heavy monsoon rains, triggering landslides and floods which killed at least 17 people and injured seven others.

Heavy monsoon rains have triggered landslides and floods across Nepal, killing at least 17 people and injuring seven others, officials said.

Nepal has been lashed by heavy rains in the last three days, with the capital Kathmandu and the country's east hit hardest by the disasters.

Seven people have been reported missing and four others have been rescued in several parts of the country, according to police.

Floods and landslides have killed at least 17 people in Nepal.
Floods and landslides have killed at least 17 people in Nepal.
AAP

"The floods and landslides damaged parts of at least 10 highways. Emergency workers have removed blockages in some areas while others are being cleared," said Umakanta Adhikari, an official at the Home Ministry.

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology on Saturday warned that water levels of several rivers in south-eastern Nepal had reached dangerous levels.

The weather forecasting division has warned of continuous rains and strong winds in several parts of the country over the weekend.

Nepalese residents are being urged to remain alert with heavy rains expected to continue through the weekend.
Nepalese residents are being urged to remain alert with heavy rains expected to continue through the weekend.
AAP

SMS alerts have been sent to people living in the areas, according to the department.

The monsoon in Nepal, which lasts from July to September, triggers disastrous landslides and flooding every year, killing hundreds of people.

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