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Humla landslide blocks Karnali river in Nepal

Update 16:30 UTC

No information about the local people and villages even after 12 hours of the river being blocked by the landslide (or avalanche?). Only 10% water is flowing in the river, the district official said. Severe weather has obstructed the helicopters to reach the site. Heavy snowfall has been reported in the disaster area. The Lim river of Humla get mixed into Karnali river.

Update 07:15 UTC

"The cause behind the blockage of Karnali river is still unknown, whether it is by landslide or avalanche," Krishna Bahadur Katuwal, the Chief District Officer of Humla said The Annapurna Post. However, dozen districts in mid and far-western regions of Nepal are in alert including Mugu, Humla, Kalikot, Dailekh, Surkhet, Bardiya, Bajura, Accham and Kailali.

A house collapsed by heavy rainfall in Thirpu VDC of Kalikot district of Nepal has claimed lives of three members of a family today morning.

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Landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in Yanchu village of Humla, Nepal has blocked the Karnali river. People living nearby the riverside are moving to the upper areas, The Annapurna Post has written.

Local administration has urged the people to move to the upper areas. The people of Kalikot have also left their home and moved to safer areas due to potential threat of Karnali river.

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According to the Flood Forecasting Project of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, the water level in the river is gradually decreasing at the Chispani measurement center from 6:00 am Tuesday morning.

The water level in the river has been continuously decreasing from 6.20 meters at 6 am to 5.48 meters at 3 pm. If we follow this data, it seems that the river flow has been obstructed from early morning despite of downpour in that area.

Yanchu is a less populated remote village in Humla District in the Karnali Zone of Nepal.

Similar landslide in Barhabise area of Sindhupalchowk region of Nepal had blocked the Sunkoshi river claiming lives of 156 people in August 2013.

Original post: Natural Disasters List March 3, 2015

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