A landslide swept away part of a village in North-Eastern Nepal, killing at least six people, an official said on Tuesday.

The landslide was triggered by heavy rainfall that struck Khimti village overnight while people were sleeping. At least half a dozen houses were swept away, police official Dipendra Jayswal said.

Six others who were injured have been rushed to a local hospital and are being treated. Rescuers are searching for one person reporting missing.

Rescuers were able to reach the village only on Tuesday morning, and continuous rainfall was also making the rescue work difficult, the official said.

Monsoon season begins in June in Nepal and ends in September.