Sunday, May 24, 2015

High alert declared after landslide blocks a river in Nepal

High alert declared after landslide blocks a river in Nepal
A massive landslide has blocked Kali Gandaki River in western Nepal's Myagdi district since early Sunday morning.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the landslide triggered by earthquake has blocked the river in Baisari village development committee, burying a few dozen houses.

However, no human casualty has been reported so far.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment has immediately declared "high alert" in the settlements along the banks of Kali Gandaki River on its website.

Locals of district headquarters Beni and Galeshwor among others have started to move to safer locations. Meanwhile, residents living in the downstream of the river from districts like Syangja, Parbat, Myagdi, Baglung, Gulmi, Palpa, Nawalparasi have been asked to stay alert.

The home ministry also informed that a chopper with six rescue personnel have been mobilized in Myagdi this morning for the rescue efforts. Nepal Police, Nepal Army and officials from the home ministry are already on the scene. 

  Xinhua -
  • Landslide blocks Kaligandaki River...
The Kaligandaki River has been disrupted at Baisari along the border of Bhagawati and Ramche VDCs of Myagdi district.
It is learnt that the landslide that fell off the summit of Kafaldanda in Ramche VDC-9 at 1.00 am this morning clogged the Kaligandaki River. The landslip that slid from around 1,500 metres top after breakdown of the ridge has clogged the river, putting human settlements along the banks on high vulnerable condition.

The blockage has created a big artificial lake and stopped the river flow, said Police Inspector Bimal Kumar Upadhyay, who reached the site immediately after the incident.

It is yet to be ascertained the level of water surface increased due to the landslide as it is still falling. The security agencies have already informed the public to keep high safety alert citing threat of flood-triggered inundation to human settlements in Baisari VDC and along the embankment area of Kaligandaki...............

1 comment:

  1. Nepalese river blocked by landslide flowing again...

    A river dammed up by a huge landslide in Nepal's northwest has begun flowing again but the risks of flash floods are not over yet, police said on Sunday.

    The landslide at Ramche village in Myagdi district, about 140 km (90 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, struck on Saturday night and blocked the Kali Gandaki river, triggering fears that a large volume of water would build up and then burst through, causing floods downstream that could reach as far as India.

    "The river has started overflowing the dam. The water build-up is no more rising," police official Kamal Singh Bam told Reuters.

    "We think it will not breach the dam suddenly and cause downstream floods. But the risk for that is not totally out yet," he


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