At least 17 people were killed and five remain unaccounted for due to landslides in Nepal's Achham district, a local official said on Saturday.

Incessant rain since Friday morning triggered the overnight landslides, which swept away houses in three different parts of the district, the official told Xinhua news agency.

"Rescue teams have recovered the dead bodies of 17 people and rescued 11 injured people from the scenes," he said.

Rescuers search for survivors at the site of landslide in Timure, Rasuwa, Nepal, July 26, 2018. At least 4 people were killed and many others missing after landslides struck the small town on Wednesday midnight(File Photo)IANS

"The search for five missing people is ongoing," the official said, noting that the army and the police have been mobiliaed for the rescue operations.

Of the injured, three were in serious condition and have been airlifted for treatment in the neighbouring province.