KATHMANDU, Nepal – A heavy landslide this weekend killed at least 11 people and left many more missing in a mountainous region of Nepal that breaks the borders of Tibet, officials said. Destructive 2015 was bringing new crises to the difficult region. Earthquake.
Many locals have recently remodeled their homes in a district that since the earthquake has emerged as one of Nepal’s most vulnerable to landslides. The economic crisis and widespread unemployment in Nepal are causing a coronovirus epidemic, killing 336 people in the country.
On Sunday, more than 20 people from the village of Barhabez went missing after a landslide that swept 28 homes in the area on Saturday night, leaving rescue teams to search for and rescue the rescued people.
“Rescuers are working hard but find it impossible to survive the missing people,” said Shridhar Nupane, press secretary of Nepal’s House of Representatives Agni Prasad Sapkota.
Nepal’s army, armed police force and residents were mobilized for relief and rescue operations, which have been disrupted due to inclement weather. Three injured people were taken to the hospital.
The hill district where landslides occurred, Sindhupalchok was badly affected in the 2015 earthquake. Of the more than 8,700 people who died in that earthquake, 3,440 were from the district.
Every year, scores of people living in mountainous villages and towns die in landslides. In mid-August, 36 people died after being buried under a huge landslide in the nearby village of Lidi. Thirty-seven houses built on steep slopes were destroyed.
Basant Raj Adhikari, an assistant professor of geology at Tribhuvan University in Nepal, said, “The cracks that developed after the last earthquakes have now become active again after the rains this season.” “Because of this, people living in risky areas like Sindhupalchok are losing their lives due to landslides.”
Mr. Adhikari said that the earthquakes had destabilized the fragile mountainous geography and the use of heavy equipment to build roads on steep slopes had exacerbated the problem.
“Moving unsafe places to a safe place is the only way to save people,” he said.