POKHARA: Locals of Lumle village near Pokhara on Friday conducted a mass cremation for bodies of 18 persons who died in landslides that hit the village on Thursday.

The victims' bodies were cremated following the Hindu tradition in Nayapul of Kaski on Friday, a local said.

The number of deceased in the landslides in the village reached 25 as police recovered six more bodies today.

Other bodies have been sent to their relatives for the final rites, the local added.

With this, total 32 persons were confirmed killed in the Kaski district in landslides that hit the villages on Thursday.

DSP Kedar Rajaure, spokesperson at the Kaski District Police Office, said four people are still missing in Lumle. Other four are missing in Bhadaure VDC. Police teams are searching for them, Rajaure added.

A school building and 10 individual houses were completely destroyed in the village.

The rainfall on Wednesday night had swept away five bridges in Tamagi, Chapakot and Kaskikot villages.

Victims' families get relief

Meanwhile, each family of the deceased on Friday received Rs 40,000 cash from the government as a relief to perform their final rites, informed Chief District Officer Krishna Bahadur Rawat.

"We have left no stone unturned in rescue and relief operations," Rawat said, "We are working on it."