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Landslide and flood due to torrential rain in Nepal

Landslide and flood triggered by torrential rain have hit the Sankhuwasabha area in Nepal.  The landslide after heavy downpour on October 2nd caused death of four people at Dhupu-Jyamire Tole and Barhabise. Three others were reported missing. Among the deceased, there persons including a pregnant women and 18-Month old baby were buried in their house during landslide. In another incident a person died while he was on his way home drowned in the swollen Sabhakhola River and two others were injured. Dozens of houses had swept away and several families were displaced. About 40 families had left their homes due to fear of Landslides in Sabhapokhari.

The landslide was followed by the floods and raised the level of rivers like Langkhuwa, Sabhakhola and Bhotikhola. The river floods had also swept away two Crusher machines, three trucks carrying 350 rice bags and 60 cement sacks. Some huts built on the banks of river also destroyed. The Bhotikhola River also swept away 21 houses when it was swelling. The flood survivors have taken refuge in the buildings of nearby Tribeni Higher Secondary School.

The annual economic losses due to landslide damages alone in the Himalayan region are estimated to exceed 1 billion US dollars, including hundreds of human fatalities. Studies have indicated that the losses due to landslides and related problems in the Himalayan region alone constitute about 30% of the world’s total landslide related damage value.

Courtesy: www.ekantipur.com and www.thehimalayantimes.com

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