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Eight killed as landslide hits Nepal, sparking flood fears

Published on Aug 2, 2014 1:59 PM
 
Nepalese rescue personnel examine the site of a landslide on the Sukoshi river northeast of Kathmandu on August 2, 2014. A massive landslide in Nepal's northeast left at least eight people dead and dozens missing as officials worked to clear debris blocking a major river and avert the possibility of flash floods. The landslide struck in the early hours, burying two dozen homes before dumping mud and stones into the Sunkoshi river, northeast of the capital Kathmandu, Prakash Adhikari, press adviser to the prime minister, told AFP. Police and army officials retrieved eight bodies and airlifted 34 people to safety, including 19 who suffered serious injuries. -- PHOTO: AFP 

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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