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At least 17 people died and another six went missing after floods and landslides swept through southern Nepal on Saturday due to heavy rainfall, said the Home Minister.

Janardan Sharma said in a press conference that of the victims, nine died in landslides while the rest drowned in the floods.

Another four people were in critical condition, he added.

According to the minister, 15 districts in the south of the country were affected by the heavy precipitation and around 15,000 homes were flooded.

Rescue operations are ongoing at the hands of the army and police, said Sharma.

Nepal's meteorology department said precipitations reached 227 milliliters in some districts and announced that rains were expected to continue in the center of the country until Monday.

In the last month, at least 30 people have died in incidents linked to rain, which is heavier during the monsoon season that is currently taking place in South Asia.

Landslides and floods are common in Nepal during monsoon season and the rest of region, where, as well as victims, storms cause huge material damages every year.