Friday 13 September 2013

One dead and one missing following Nepal Landslide.

A woman has died and another is missing after being hit by a landslide as they were cutting grass at a farm at Magpa in Khotang District in eastern Nepal on Thursday 12 September 2013. The dead woman has been named as Kamala Acharya (27), and the missing woman is said to be her mother, Raj Kumari (60). Rescue attempts are being hampered by the steep nature of the hillside where the event occures, and local authorities are not hopeful of finding her alive. 

The approximate location of the 12 September 2013 Magpa landslide. 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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