Injured people receive medical treatment after an earthquake in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, on April 25, 2015. Death toll in Nepal climbed to 711, the country's Home Ministry said Saturday afternoon, hours after a major earthquake struck the country. (Xinhua/Pratap Thapa)
Injured people receive medical treatment after an earthquake in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, on April 25, 2015. Death toll in Nepal climbed to 711, the country's Home Ministry said Saturday afternoon, hours after a major earthquake struck the country. (Xinhua/Pratap Thapa)

The confirmed death toll from landslides in Nepal’s north-eastern district of Taplejung rose to 21, police said on Friday.

Injured people receive medical treatment after an earthquake in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, on April 25, 2015. Death toll in Nepal climbed to 711, the country's Home Ministry said Saturday afternoon, hours after a major earthquake struck the country. (Xinhua/Pratap Thapa)
Injured people receive medical treatment after an earthquake in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, on April 25, 2015. Death toll in Nepal climbed to 711, the country’s Home Ministry said Saturday afternoon, hours after a major earthquake struck the country. (Xinhua/Pratap Thapa)

Landslides hit at least six villages in the west of the district after heavy monsoon rain fell Wednesday night on ground destabilized by earthquakes in April and May.

Taplejung District Office said 37 more people were feared buried. Some villagers were moved to safer locations.

Security forces said they were resuming the search after operations were hampered by bad weather Thursday.

At least a dozen houses and two schools were hit by the landslides, and six suspension bridges were washed out by swollen rivers.

More than 8,700 people died in Nepal after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25 and several aftershocks, including one of magnitude 7.3 on May 12.

GNA

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