Nepal landslide blocks river, raises fears of flood reaching India

By REUTERS
May 24, 2015 08:11

 
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KATHMANDU - Nepali authorities urged thousands of villagers on Sunday to move to safety after a landslide likely triggered by recent earthquakes blocked a river, raising fears of a devastating flash flood, officials said.

The landslide at Ramche village in Myagdi district, about 140 km northwest of Kathmandu, struck on Saturday night and blocked the Kali Gandaki River.

If a large volume of water was to build up and break through the blockage, downstream floods could reach as far as India.

"We have asked villagers along the river side in these districts to move to safer places," interior ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told Reuters.

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