At least 21 killed in Nepal landslide

Other News Materials 13 July 2007 16:26 (UTC +04:00)

( Reuters ) - At least 21 people, including several women and children, were killed on Friday by a landslide triggered by heavy rains in a village in western Nepal, police said.

The landslide swept away six houses in the Gwalichour village in Baglung district, about 250 km ( 155 miles) west of Kathmandu.

"All victims were swept away by the landslide while they were sleeping," a police officer said.

Rescue workers have been sent to the remote village with tents, clothes and medicines, another official said.

Hundreds of people are killed in mountainous Nepal every year in floods and landslides, which are common during the annual monsoon rains from June to September.