Thousands flee after landslide blocks Nepal river

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KATHMANDU: Thousands of panic-stricken villagers fled their homes fearing flash floods after an overnight landslide blocked a river in quake-hit Nepal’s mountainous northwest, officials said on Sunday. The landslide, which occurred at around midnight, sent mud and rocks surging into the Kali Gandaki river in Myagdi district, causing water levels to rise by 150 meters (490 feet), local official Yam Bahadur Chokhal said. “We have evacuated about 100 people from the affected area, people in other villages don’t need immediate rescue but thousands have left on their own,” Chokhal told Agence France-Presse.

AFP

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