Floods, landslides kill 23 in Nepal, dozens missing

Residents and rescue workers inspect the area outside a house damaged by a landslide and the swell of the Thado-Koshi river due to heavy rains in Jambu village of Sindhupalchok district, some 80 kms northeast of Kathmandu on July 9, 2020. Two people died and several others have gone missing, local media reported. (AFP)
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Updated 11 July 2020

Floods, landslides kill 23 in Nepal, dozens missing

  • Landslides and flash floods are common occurrence in mountainous Nepal during the June-September monsoon every year

KATMANDU: Heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides that killed at least 23 people and displaced thousands in western Nepal, officials said on Saturday.
Nine people were killed and more than 30 were missing in Myagdi district, 200 km (125 miles) northwest of the capital Katmandu, where several houses were destroyed on Friday, district administrator Gyan Nath Dhakal said.
“The toll is expected to increase as rescuers had just reached the remote site to look for victims,” Dhakal said, adding that 50 people had been plucked to safety using helicopters.
In neighboring Kaski district, seven people were killed, said a second government official in the tourist town of Pokhara.
Another seven were killed in Jajarkot district in the far west.
“We are searching for eight people who are still missing,” said Kishore Shrestha, a senior police official.
In the southern plains bordering India, the Koshi river, which causes deadly floods in the eastern Indian state of Bihar almost every year, was flowing above the danger level, police said.
Landslides and flash floods are common occurrence in mountainous Nepal during the June-September monsoon every year.


Two dead in knife attack in French church, official says terrorism suspected

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Two dead in knife attack in French church, official says terrorism suspected

PARIS: French police say two people have been killed and several others injured in a knife attack near a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice.
The assailant was arrested after the Thursday morning attack and taken to a nearby hospital after being injured during his arrest, a police offical said. He was believed to be acting alone, the official said. She was not authorized to be publicly named.

 

Video footage shows police entering the church in Nice where the attack is thought to have been carried out. (Twitter)

A police source told Reuters a woman was decapitated, French politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of a decapitation having occurred in the attack. However, Arab News cannot independently confirm these reports. 

There have been unconfirmed reports that at least one of the victims was decapitated. (Twitter)
The reason for the attack is unclear. It comes as France is under high alert for terrorist attacks.
The lower house of parliament suspended a debate on new virus restrictions and held a moment of silence for the victims.