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Landslides kill 5 in Nepal, increasing monsoon death toll to 43

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  • Landslides, floods have killed 43 during this year's monsoon season in Nepal
  • Five died Friday in the country's east, another 12 are missing
  • Problem of landslides, floods getting worse due to increased deforestation
  • In Nepal, the monsoon seasons lasts from mid-June to mid-September
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KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNN) -- Five people died Friday in landslides in the mountains of western Nepal.

That raises the death toll to 43 after landslides and floods in the monsoon season, officials said.

An additional 12 people are missing, including nine who are unaccounted for after landslides in eastern Nepal, Home Ministry official Ishwar Regmi told CNN.

The five deaths Friday happened in Syangja district, about 93 miles (150 km) west of the capital Kathmandu, and the nine who are missing are from Sankhuwasabha district, about 248 miles (400 km) east of the capital.

About 30 people have died in landslides and floods in the past six days, Regmi said. Hundreds of people in different parts of the country have been displaced by fear of landslides.

Landslides and floods are frequent during the monsoons in mountainous Nepal, and the growing deforestation exacerbates the situation every year.

The monsoon lasts in Nepal from mid-June to mid-September.

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