Landslide blocks river in northern Nepal; 8 dead

Deadly landslide in Nepal

Chandrakant Zanjare, who said he lost 13 family members to a landslide, wails near the site where his house stood in Malin village, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.                   (AP / Rafiq Maqbool)

(SOURCE)   — A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said.

 

The death toll could climb because many houses were buried under piles of rock and soil or submerged by the rising water, said police official Arun Chetri, adding that the number of missing people could not be immediately determined.

 

A man who was among the dozens of people injured by the landslide, which occurred at around 3 a.m. in the Sindhupalchowk area, about 120 kilometres east of Kathmandu, said the death toll could be higher than 100, with dozens of houses in his and the neighbouring village buried.

 

“There are nearly 100 people in the 60 houses in my village and 20 more people in the neighbouring village who were buried by the landslide. All of them are likely dead,” Durga Lal Shrestha told The Associated Press from his hospital bed in Kathmandu, the capital, where he was flown by helicopter.

 

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