4 trekkers dead, 6 injured in Nepal landslide

Landslides and floods are common in Nepal during the monsoon season from June to September. (Representative image). Photograph:( Getty )

AFP Kathmandu, Nepal Sep 22, 2016, 03.08 PM (IST)
A Spanish trekker and three Nepali guides were killed and six others injured Thursday when a landslide hit their route in western Nepal, an official said. 

An overnight downpour sent mud and stones hurtling down the slopes along the popular Manaslu route in the hilly district of Gorkha, trapping the trekkers.  

"One Spanish trekker and three Nepalis have died in the accident," Gorkha district chief Narayan Prasad Bhatta told AFP. 

Bhatta said the injured six, as well as other trekkers, were airlifted to Kathmandu.

"We don't think anyone else is trapped, but our teams are continuing a search and rescue operation," he said.

Scores of people die every year from rain-triggered disasters during the monsoon season in the Himalayan nation.

Over 70 people were killed across the country in floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in July. 

Nepal's snow-capped peaks are a popular hiking destination, with around 150,000 trekkers visiting the Annapurna and Everest regions every year.

But the industry has suffered since a massive earthquake hit the country in April 2015, killing almost 9,000 people.