Kathmandu: Already battered by the devastating April quake, Nepal again suffered the loss of at least 25 lives with dozens missing after a landslide was triggered by heavy rains swept two villages on Thursday.
Rescuers are searching through rubble for around 32 people believed missing in the western district of Kaski in the foothills of the Himalayas, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) west of Kathmandu.
Scores of people die every year from flooding and landslides during the monsoon season in Nepal. Two weeks ago a student was killed when a landslide buried part of a school in the nearby town of Pokhara, and 35 people died last month when a landslide crushed villages in northeast Nepal.
The monsoon rains are also hampering delivery of relief supplies to mountainous villages devastated by the massive earthquake that struck the Himalayan nation on April 25. More than 8,800 people were killed by the quake and a large aftershock, and many more were left without shelter.