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Massive landslide struck Sindhupalchok district of Nepal

Aug 7, 2014 16:59 IST

Sindhupalchok district of Nepal: Massive landslide stuck
Sindhupalchok district of Nepal was struck by a massive landslide on 2 August 2014. The landslide buried several homes and swept away life of at least 156 people. It blocked the Sunkoshi River that lies in the east of Kathmandum, Capital city of Nepal.

Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) evaluation report says that 1.9 kilometer long slope of land percehed 1350 meters above the Sunkoshi River.

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The administration evacuated nearly 5000 people living across the banks of the Sunkoshi River. They have been shifted to higher grounds. Sindhupalchowk is 120 km (75 miles) east of Kathmandu.

Background
Landslides are common in Nepal during the June-September monsoon season. These landslides and flooding generally claims life dozens of people die every year. According to government records, since 1967, Nepal has experience over 14 large landslides. The landslide of May 2012 killed at least 26 people when it blocked the Seti River in northwestern Nepal.

Some massive floods and landslides have been experienced by the Sunkoshi Valley in 1982, 1987, and 1996.

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