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Landslide kills 15 Nepal soldiers

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KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNN) -- At least 15 Nepalese soldiers died and 25 are missing after a massive landslide hit a village north of the capital Kathmandu, according to a Royal Nepal Army spokesman.

"There have been many more casualties but we don't have the exact figure yet," he said, adding that 25 more soldiers are reported injured.

Triggered by incessant monsoon rains, the landslide reportedly hit an army barracks early Saturday in Ramche, which is about 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of Kathmandu and at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas.

The army did not report any civilian casualty figures, but local journalists said five civilians were also missing.

Rescue and search operations are under way and rescuers have pulled three people alive from the mud and debris, a local radio station said.

Floods and landslides triggered by the rains this monsoon season have killed nearly 200 people, the Home Ministry said.

-- Journalist Suman Pradhan contributed to this report

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