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Kaligandaki River Blocked Due To Landslide

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Kaligandaki river blocked due to landslide.

May 24, 2015: The landslide that fell off the summit of Kafaldanda in Ramche VDC-9 has blocked Kaligandaki River at Baisari along the border of Bhagawati and Ramche VDCs of Myagdi district at 1.00 am this morning.

Police Inspector Bimal Kumar Upadhyay, who reached the site immediately after the incident said that the blockage has created a big artificial lake and stopped the river flow. Putting human settlements along the banks on high vulnerable condition the landslip slid from around 1,500 metres top after breakdown of the ridge has clogged the river.

Begkhola, Liplyang, Mahabhir, Bhirkot, Pokharebagar, Bhurung Tatopani and Dana, among others, across Baisari VDC are at high risk of flood. Meanwhile, the river basin areas reeling under threat are Galeswor, Myagdi Beni, Parbat Bagar and Parbat Beni and Kaligandai River banks area in Baglung, Parbat and Syangja districts.It is yet to be ascertained the level of water surface increased due to the landslide as it is still falling.

The Public are already informed by the security agencies to keep high safety alert citing threat of flood-triggered inundation to human settlements in Baisari VDC and along the embankment area of Kaligandaki. Some 26 families of Baisari and Ramche VDCs were shifted to safer places after landslide struck the area since Friday.

The landslide that occurred after the ridge suffering big cracks and holes caused by the April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks caved in the river, posing security threats to mass scale of populace in Myagdi. Therefore, locals of Beni and surrounding areas had left for secured destinations since last night. local dwellers along the river banks were asked to move to safer areas citing security reasons by Nepal Army and Nepal Police.

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