Rescuers have been digging through mud and debris searching for bodies after a flash flood swept through west Nepal killing at least 15 people and leaving dozens missing, police have said.
A torrent of water swept away scores of houses, vehicles and a bridge near the resort town of Pokhara, about 125km west of Kathmandu, after an avalanche that had blocked the Seti River gave way on Saturday.
Forty-seven people, including three Ukranian tourists, were still missing after the flood hit, police said.
Pokhara is the second-biggest city of Nepal after Kathmandu and is the gateway to Mount Annapurna, the world's 10th-highest peak.
Tourists begin their trek to the scenic Annapurna region from Pokhara.
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