Friday 28 June 2013

Two killed in Nepal Landslide.

Two people, described as migrant workers returning home after surviving the floods in Uttarakhand Province, India, were killed in a landslide in Serighat in Kalikot District, Nepal, early in the morning of Thursday 27 June 2013. The two, named as Jakte Biswokarma, 45, and Daljit Biswokarma, 40, of Rachuli Village, were sleeping on the roof of a house that was struck by the event, following heavy rains associated with the onset of the Asian Monsoon. A third person, Buche Biswokarma, also from Rachuli, was injured and taken to hospital in Surkhet. The trio had reportedly travelled to India to find work along with four other friends, all of whom are missing following the flooding in Uttarakhand.

The approximate location of the 27 June 2013 Kalikot landslide. Google Maps.

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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