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Massive mudslide kills 16 in central Nepal

 
 
 
 
 
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Nepalese residents and rescue personnel stand amid debris at the site of a landslide on the Sukoshi River in Sindhupalchowk district, August 3, 2014.

A massive mudslide triggered by heavy rains has killed at least 16 people in central Nepal as several dozens more are feared buried.

Officials said Monday that rescue forces are trying to find more victims through piles of rock, mud and upturned trees in the district of Sindupalchowk, where a hill gave way under heavy rains over the weekend.

Reports say at least 150 people are still missing after the disaster.

“We have no chance of finding any of the missing people alive under this pile of debris,” Head of the Department of Natural Disaster Management Yadav Prasad Koirala said on Sunday. “We have the names of 159 people who are believed to be missing and buried, but there could be even more people.”

Thousands of villagers living along the banks of the Sukoshi River in the affected district were forced to leave their homes following warnings of floods downstream.

Meanwhile, another landslide in the eastern district of Sankhuwasabha on Monday killed a 10-year-old boy and left 10 others missing.

Landslides are common in mostly mountainous Nepal during the rainy season, which runs from June through September.

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