Flash floods threatens quake-stricken Nepal

Landslide blocked river may trigger a new catastrophe, authorities warn

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Nepalese authorities relocated thousands of villagers on Sunday to safer places after a recent landslide blocking a river sparking fears of flash floods.

"We have asked villagers along the river side in these districts to move to safer places,” Interior Ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told reporters.

The landslide at Ramche village, 140 km northwest of Katmandu, on Saturday night blocked the Kali Gandaki River.

If the built-up water reaches large volumes and breaks the blockage, authorities fear flash floods can reach as far as India.

Although the landslide have swept away more than 20 houses, there were no casualties.

On April 25, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people and wounding thousands.

A second earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 on May 12 destabilised the country’s soil even more.

"Mountain slopes have become fragile due to earthquakes. This could be a result," Dhakal said.

TRTWorld and agencies