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Thousands flee Nepal landslide

Published 24/05/2015

Nepal has been hit by a new environmental blow - a landslide which has blocked a mountain river
Nepal has been hit by a new environmental blow - a landslide which has blocked a mountain river

Thousands of people have fled villages and towns along a mountain river in north-west Nepal after it was blocked by a landslide that could burst and cause flash floods.

The landslide created a dam and a lake 1.2 miles long on the Kaligandaki River and people living on the banks were moved to higher ground for fear the river could burst and send flash floods through the area north of Beni Bazaar, about 125 miles north west of the capital Kathmandu.

Soldiers and police were sent to monitor the river and help and warn villagers.

The landslip has buried 25 houses in Baisari, according to news site, and police said on Twitter that the water level in the artificial dam created after the river blockage had risen by 150 meters. No casualties have been reported yet.

Two powerful earthquakes devastated Nepal on April 25 and May 12, killing nearly 8,700 people and injuring 16,800 others. The quakes and aftershocks also triggered many landslides in the Himalayan nation.

In 2002, dozens of people were killed when an avalanche held back the nearby Seti River, which then burst through the snow blockage and sent water gushing through villages along its banks.

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