Landslides

Landslides caused by monsoon rain on Monday killed at least eight construction workers in central Nepal, officials said.

Bhagawati Nepal, deputy mayor of the affected Melamchi municipality, a small town around 50 kilometres to the north of Kathmandu, said that all the deceased were workers involved in construction of a community hall.

She said that the workers were sleeping when landslides buried their makeshift shelter at around 3 am (2115 GMT Sunday).

“Some of the deceased workers are believed to be seasonal migrants from India. We are trying to verify their identity,” Nepal said.

An Indian worker who was rescued from the spot was airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment.

Landslides, floods and lightning have killed at least 193 people across Nepal since the beginning of monsoon in June, according to Janardan Gautam of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA). At least 57 people remain missing.

Weeks of rains have damaged roads, bridges and hydropower plants and have affected hundreds of thousands of people in around 50 districts, the NDRRMA said.

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