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Floods and landslides kill at least 15 in Nepal

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Landslides and floods triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 15 people in Nepal in the past 24 hours, officials in the small Himalayan nation said on Sunday, and feared the death toll could rise as more heavy rains were expected.

Police spokesman Dan Bahadur Karki said 18 people were also injured and two missing in the past 24 hours due to the floods. Dozens of people were evacuated to safe areas, some of them rescued from the rubble of damaged houses.

Officials said landslides blocked vehicle movement across much of the country, where the terrain itself makes travel difficult. Highways were damaged, as were winding roads connecting cities to mountain villages. Army and police forces were sent in to help clear the roads.

The three provinces of Kosi, Gandaki and Bagmati, located in the east and centre of the country, were the worst hit. Weather experts predict that the remaining provinces may experience heavy rainfall as the rain moves westwards.

Nepal is one of the regions worst affected by climate change, with frequent landslides and flooding. Last year’s monsoon affected nearly 6,000 families, damaging homes and flooding fields. At least 62 people have died since the monsoon season began in June, according to Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs. Most deaths were caused by flooding, but lightning strikes also contributed to the deaths.

Political instability and widespread corruption have complicated already resource-strapped relief efforts.

The coalition government in Kathmandu is once again in disarray as a new coalition seeks to oust incumbent Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. If he is ousted, the country will face its second government since parliamentary elections were due in November 2022.

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