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30 killed in floods, landslides across country

KATHMANDU — At least 30 people have died while many others missing on Saturday due to floods and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall across the country forcing hundreds of families to be displaced, Ministry of Home Affairs said.

According to the MoHA, six persons were killed in Sunsari as floods wreaked havoc in the district. Four persons were killed in Sindhuli, four in Banke and one person each in Morang, Jhapa, Bara, Sarlahi, Dang, Palpa and Bardiya districts.

Organising a press meet on Saturday morning to inform about the loss of lives and properties due to flood and landslides,Home Minister Janardan Sharma said rescue effects in flood and landslides-affected districts and places were hindered by adverse weather conditions.

Six bodies were fished out from the swollen streams in Sunsari while hundreds of families were displaced, he added. He directed personnel from Nepal Police and Armed Police Force for rescue efforts.

Jhapa, Morang Sunsari, Sapttari, Siraha, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Banke, Bardiya and Dang were the worst affected by flood.

Hundreds of houses have been submerged in Morang. Biratnagar airport has been closed after flood water gushed into the airport area.

Two Nepal Army helicopters were readied to fly to flood affected parts of Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari but could not fly due to adverse weather conditions.

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