Eight killed as landslide hits Nepal, sparking flood fears
Published on Aug 2, 2014 1:59 PM
KATHMANDU (REUTERS) - A massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in northeast Nepal on Saturday has killed at least eight people, injured 40 and buried dozens of homes, officials said.
The landslide created a mud dam blocking the Sunkoshi river near Jure in the Sindhupalchowk district, about 60 kms (37 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, heightening fears of downstream floods that could reach as far as Bihar in eastern India.
Nepal’s army spokesman, Jagadish Pokharel, said efforts were being made to break down the dam to avoid floods.
Officials said eight bodies have been recovered so far from the debris of collapsed houses. Witnesses said mud and rocks came crashing down, blocking the river and creating a 3 km-long artificial lake that has inundated part of the Arniko highway that connects Kathmandu with Tibet.
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