Sunday, May 6, 2012

Flash floods in Nepal: Fourteen killed

RESCUERS are scouring Nepal's central Annapurna region for survivors of flash flooding that sent a wall of water smashing through riverside communities as the death toll rose to 14.

The Seti burst its banks near the city of Pokhara, a popular tourist hub, on Saturday, sweeping away a village, and swamping families enjoying picnics on the river banks.

Officials said on Sunday that dozens of people were still missing. The dead include three Ukrainian tourists, who had originally been described by rescuers as Russian.

One witness, named as Uddha Bahadur Gurung, described how the river suddenly turned into a lethal surge.

"There was nothing unusual. People were enjoying picnics, some were relaxing in the hot spring pools by the river and others working," he told the Kathmandu Post.

"Out of nowhere came this swelling dark murky water with debris, sweeping away many people." Read More