A landslide triggered by heavy rains killed at least 14 people and injured seven in western Nepal, authorities said Saturday, as rescue workers scoured the disaster site to try to find 10 more missing people.
Rescuers had pulled the dead and injured from the mud-covered remains of five houses buried under mud in Achham district, about 450 km (281 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu, Dan Bahadur said Karki, police spokesperson.
Images from local media showed rescuers cleaning mud with their hands in a desperate search for missing people believed to be trapped. Authorities said the injured had been rushed to a nearby hospital.
Flash floods and landslides occur frequently in Nepal’s mountainous terrain, especially during the annual monsoon rains between June and September.
At least 48 people have died and 12 are missing across the country due to floods and landslides so far this year, according to official figures.