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Disasters hit India, Nepal

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Nepali youth carries home goods along a water logged street in Patan. AFP

KATHMANDU (AFP) – Monsoon floods and landslides have killed at least 66 people across Nepal and India but officials fear that figure could almost double as rescuers search for dozens believed lost under mud and in submerged villages. Authorities yesterday upgraded the death toll from flash flooding across Nepal to 49 as the water kept rising. “Another 17 are missing,” said Shankar Hari Acharya, the chief of Nepal’s national emergency centre. The Red Cross estimated a higher death toll of 53, with dozens more missing and injured. In India, rescuers were desperately trying to reach two packed buses swept into a gorge by a landslide. Seventeen bodies have been recovered from the accident site, said Sandeep Kadam, a senior official, but dozens were still missing.

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