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More than 40 feared dead following Nepalese monsoon landslide

Heavy rainfall in the Taplejung district of Nepal is believed to have triggered a landslide yesterday that is reported to have destroyed six villages.

Up to 40 people are thought to have been killed in the landslide in the region 500km to the east of Kathmandu but the monsoon rainfall is hampering rescue efforts.

Nepal’s Department Of Hydrology and Meteorology has said that the rainfall in the area was the highest recorded in 27 years.

Landslide specialist University of East Anglia pro-vice chancellor Dave Petley said in May that there was a real concern that the heavy rainfall that the monsoon brings may reactivate many landslides, and trigger a host of new failures as well.

According to Petley, historical data shows that there is a close link between the arrival of monsoon rainfall in Nepal in June and increased incidence of landslides. April and May are not normally associated with a high landslide risk in Nepal but the period between June and September carries a higher incidence rate due to the effect of the monsoon rainfall.

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