Two killed in Nepal landslide, five Indians missing

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 01, 2012 07:30 hrs

Kathmandu, Oct 1 (IANS) At least two people were killed and over a dozen, including five Indians, were reported missing when five vehicles were hit by a landslide on a highway in Nepal Sunday night, police said Monday.

The landslide occurred along the Mechi highway near Ilam in eastern Nepal, the website reported.

Two bodies have been found and search for the rest is on. Police said one body was identified.

The second is of a woman, who was yet to be identified. Both were found 100 metres below the hilly road Monday morning, police said.

Police Inspector Bishnu Hari Ghimire said the landslide, triggered by heavy rainfall, buried a truck, two pick-up vans and two cars.

According to the website, at least 14 people are missing. Seven people who were travelling in a pick-up van were rescued.

Eight people from the family of a man identified as Sharan Shrestha, including his wife, sister and sister-in-law and children, who were travelling in one of the cars, are missing, police said.

All the vehicles were travelling to Ilam from Jhapa. Traffic movement on the Mechi highway has been partially disrupted due to the landslide.

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