At least 17 people have been killed and three are still missing after heavy monsoon rains triggered floods and landslides across Nepal over the past two days, authorities said Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Hundreds of people were displaced after rain-swollen rivers started eroding embankments and inundating several settlements in Terai region. Landslides hit several mountainous areas while hundreds of homes and farmlands ended up under floodwaters.

The heaviest casualties occurred in the country’s mid-western and eastern regions, said Banshiraj Acharya, the ministry’s undersecretary. At least three people died in Banke, Baijanath rural municipality on July 2 in flood-related incidents the police said happened due to negligence. Three people died in Rolpa, Runtigadi rural municipality-5 when a boundary wall just above their house collapsed and hit the kitchen. In a separate incident, an elderly woman died and her husband was injured when their house collapsed at Godawari Municipality-9 on July 1. READ MORE