Nepalese residents walk past buildings damaged in a landslide at Lamo Sanghu villge on the Sukoshi river in 2014. Picture: Prakash Mathema

Kathmandu - At least 16 people were killed as overnight rainfall triggered landslides in central Nepal, police said on Thursday.

More than a dozen houses were buried in the landslides, which occurred at two different locations in Kaski district.

“Eleven people were killed in Lumley and the remaining ones in Bhadaure,” said police officer Kedar Rajaure.

Search efforts were ongoing, and police said they feared more people were buried under the debris.

“Twenty-eight people are missing in Lumley. Five people were rescued,” Rajaure said.

Army helicopters were deployed for rescue work. Landslides blocked roads in the region, hampering rescue efforts.

Earthquakes and their aftershocks since April 25 have destabilised parts of Nepal, with monsoon rains further weakening the hillsides.

DPA