Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Five die in Nepali landslides.

Five people have died in two landslides in Dhuskun Village in Sindupalchowk District in Nepal on the evening of Monday 9 September 2013. The first landslide swept away a home taking with it Indra Maya Thami (26), who was reportedly pregnant at the time of her death, and her two daughters Sita (7) and Laxmi (3). The bodies of the mother and older daughter were found at the scene of the even, while that of the scene of the event, while that of the younger daughter was carried to a neighbouring village 3 km away by a river. The second landslide struck a shed in which Man Bahadur Bohara (72) and his granddaughter Isha (7) were sleeping, killing both.

The approximate location of the 9 September 2013 Dhuskun Landslides. Google Maps.

Nepal and other areas of the Himalayas have been suffering the heaviest Monsoon rains in eighty years, triggering widespread flooding and numerous landslides, with more rains forecast over the coming days. Landslides are a common problem after severe weather events, as excess pore water pressure can overcome cohesion in soil and sediments, allowing them to flow like liquids. Approximately 90% of all landslides are caused by heavy rainfall.

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