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Landslide, flash floods kill 12 in Nepal, dozens missing

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The disaster has so far killed 12 people and at least 36 people are still missing as rescuers continue to search for victims

By Gopal Sharma

KATHMANDU, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Flash floods and a landslide triggered by heavy rains killed 12 people in Nepal and at least 36 people were missing in the Himalayan nation's biggest monsoon-related disaster this year, officials said on Thursday.

Home Ministry official Murari Wasti said rescuers had pulled 12 bodies out from muddy debris in the Baglung district of northwest Nepal, where nearly 30 houses were washed away by floods or buried in the landslide that struck before dawn.

Rescuers are still searching for victims and the death toll could rise, he said.

"This is the biggest natural disaster of the year," Wasti told Reuters. "We have reports of 48 victims -- 12 dead and 36 missing -- but there could be many more victims as people were trapped while they were still sleeping."

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