Over 30 people killed in Nepal floods and landslides

At least 49 killed in Nepal floods and landslides

Thousands of residents had been forced out of their houses in the hardest-hit areas, officials said, warning that the death toll could rise as at least 17 people were still missing.

Nepal Police, Nepali Army and APF personnel are now performing rescue works in the state.

In neighbouring India, rescuers were desperately trying to reach two packed buses swept into a gorge by a landslide so powerful it destroyed an entire stretch of highway.

Following the rescue operation, over 200 people from Narainapur, Holiya, Phattepur, Tikulipur, Bairiya Sikta among other places of Banke district were rescued to safer zones.

Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the accident site in the Himalayan state, said Sandeep Kadam, a senior official at the scene.

The Meteorological Forecasting Division has forecast moderate to heavy rains to continue across the country for the next few days.

More than 30 people were reported dead on Saturday.

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The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology said further heavy rains were expected on Sunday in the country's central and mid-western regions.

Red Cross volunteers and emergency teams are searching for survivors as flash floods and landslides have submerged thousands of homes in several parts of Nepal, mostly in the south of the country.

A statement released on Saturday said six persons were killed in Sunsari, four each in Kalikot, Rasuwa, Sindhuli and Chitwan, three in Panchthar, three in Banke, two in Baglung and one each in Jhapa and Makwanpur districts.

"Hundreds of families are taking shelter in local schools".

At least 700 Indian, Chinese, American and other tourists stranded in Sauraha in Chitwan have been rescued.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba ordered district administrations to intensify rescue operations.

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