Taplejung landslides kill 47
Media reports from Nepal says that the death toll from landslides that buried dozens of houses in different villages of Taplejung district has reached 47 so far.
The landslides have hit Lingtep village the hardest, killing 20 people and 10 of them are from a single family. Santa Hang Limbu and his nine family members were killed when their house was buried under the debris.
Five more bodies from Thinglabu, two from Khokling and three from Santhakra have been revered so far.
The death toll could go higher as many are still reported to be missing, say police.
Landslides occurred simultaneously in Libang, Thokling, Tinglabu and Lingket villages of Taplejung following a cloudburst in the eastern hills. Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) has recorded 129 mm rainfall in a period of 24 hours on Wednesday.
Police say they are finding it difficult to rescue people as rains have caused water level to rise in rivers and rivulets. A rescue helicopter flew to Taplejung from Kathmandu but could not land in any of the landslides-hit villages due to adverse weather. Police and locals are digging the landslide debris to recover bodies.
A landslide in Myangkhama village of Taplejung has also blocked part of the Mechi Highway, making it difficult for additional rescue teams to arrive in the district.