Nepal rescuers stop search after heavy rain: official

LAMASANGHU – Heavy rains in Nepal on Tuesday forced rescuers to halt their search for bodies buried under tonnes of mud following the landslide in the country for almost a decade, police said.

At least 34 bodies, including of seven children, have been pulled from the rubble after a landslide slammed into hamlets along a river in Sindhupalchok district before dawn on Saturday.

Eyewitnesses and officials said at least 130 more people were missing, but bad weather forced workers, who have been using bulldozers and excavators, to temporarily abandon attempts to find them.

"We have not been able to find any bodies today, heavy rain has caused us to stop our search operations," regional police chief Subodh Ghimire told AFP.

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