6 August 2010

A new valley-blocking landslide in Nepal

Posted by Dave Petley

Thanks to Ripendra Awal for the heads-up on this one.  The tale of monsoon devastation in South Asia continues with new reports of a valley blocking landslide at Setikhola village, which is located in Narmajung VDC in Kaski District, Nepal.  The landslide occurred on the morning of 3rd August, killing five people according to press reports.  So far 300 people have needed to be moved due to flooding on the upstream side of the blockage.

This perspective Google Earth image shows the landslide location – the image is from April 2008:

Unfortunately, the size of the blockage is unclear at present.  This map, prepared by Ripendra, shows the river network: