Landslide in Nepal Kills 17

A landslide triggered by monsoon rains swept through a village in northwest Nepal before dawn Saturday, killing at least 17 people as they slept, officials said.

Another 13 people were missing and feared dead after the wall of mud and rock buried seven houses, local administrator Badri Ghimire said.

About 200 soldiers were working with residents to dig through the debris in Ulleri village, about 125 miles northwest of the capital, Katmandu. Help was slow to reach the village because it is only accessible by foot, Ghimire said.

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Rescuers have recovered 17 bodies, the official said.

The village is on a popular trekking route for the 26,540-foot Mount Annapurna, but due to the seasonal rains, there are few, if any, trekkers at the moment.

Landslides are common during the monsoon season in Nepal, which is mostly covered by mountainous terrain.