SINDHUPALCHOWK: At a time when the terror unleashed by the deadly August 2 landslide at Jure of Sindhupalchowk still remains in people’s mind, the bordering area of Ramche and Mamkha villages in the district have begun witnessing small landslips of late.
According to locals, incessant rainfall coupled with the swollen Sunkoshi River partially dammed by landslide debris has triggered various small landslips recently. Ever since the water in the river turned into a virtual lake after its natural course was blocked, a house that was earlier spared in the fatal landslide has been partially damaged.
Since the massive landslide, there have been reports of frequent mudslides, albeit small ones. In order to avoid any further damage, around 200 security personnel have been deployed at the site.
In view of the potential danger, authorities have banned people’s movement to the area. While water level in the dammed-up river has risen by 46 cm today due to incessant rainfall for the past two days, it has also swept away 45 of the total 50 gabion walls erected to save human settlements on the river front.
A Nepali Army team today carried out two blasts at the debris site to ensure the release of water from the partially blocked river. The army has so far carried out 50 blasts at the site since the river was blocked by the landslide debris.
The massive landslide in Jure on August 2 had claimed 155 live,s while security personnel had rescued 13 persons, who were critically injured. The landslide had swept away 50 houses and displaced 400 persons.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Urban Settlement today started surveying areas for possible resettlement of flood-displaced persons. As the landslide site area is reeking with the stench of decayed human bodies, health workers are spraying medicine to tame any outbreak of diseases.
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