People moved to safer places as landslide blocks river in Nepal
May 24, Kathmandu: Thousands of people have moved to a safer place after a massive landslide on Saturday night has blocked Kali Gandaki River in Nepal and authorities have also urged thousands of villagers near the river to move to safety after raising fears of a devastating flash flood.
The landslip has buried 38 houses in Baisari. No human casualties have been reported yet.
If a large volume of water was to build up and break through the blockage, downstream floods could reach as far as India.
The interior ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal said, “We have asked villagers along the river side in these districts to move to safer places.
He said, “We have asked villagers along the river side districts Parbat, Syangja, Gulmi, Palpa, Nawalparasi and Chitwan– to move to safer places.”
Normally landslide is triggered by rain but in this case, the cracks triggered by earthquake led the debris to fall, according to experts. Rocks, boulders and mud are falling making huge sound.
Ministry of Science and Technology has declared ‘high alert’ in the settlements along the banks of Kaligandaki River owing to continuous landslides which have blocked the River.
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