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Dozens missing as boat capsizes in Lal Bakaiya River

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RAUTAHAT — Dozens of people have gone missing after a boat with around 40 persons onboard was swept away by a flooded Lal Bakaiya River at Gaur in Rautahat district on Saturday.

Search and rescue efforts are underway to find the missing persons, officials say.

District police chief SP Kedar Dhakal said 15 persons swam to safety while others are missing in the incident that occurred at around 7 pm.

The boat was heading to Tikuliya from Banjara village in the district.

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A team of officials including Chief District Officer (CDO) Govinda Prasad Rijal had reached the site. CDO Rijal said rescue teams with divers are carrying out the rescue works.

Security personnel have also been deployed on river banks. Locals have joined security forces in the rescue works.

It has been learned that locals who had gone across the river to toil on fields and fetch grass got aboard the boat overlooking the rise in water levels following a flood in the river.

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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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