Sunday, 8 June 2014

At least one dead following landslide in western Nepal.

One man is known to have died and another is still missing following a landslide at Kolti in the Bajura District of Western Nepal on the evening of Saturday 7 June 2014. The dead man has been named as Gore Rokaya (58), while Kar Budha (45) is still missing. Budha's son Dinesh (5) and daughter Bimala (8), who were also lost in the incident, have now been rescued by the Napali Army. The landslide has reportedly destroyed five houses, and damaged a further five plus a medical center.

The approximate location of the 7 June 2014 Kolti landslide. Google Maps.

The landslide was reportedly caused by a flash flood. Landslides are a common problem after severe weather events, as excess pore water pressure can overcome cohesion in soil and sediments, allowing them to flow like liquids. Approximately 90% of all landslides are caused by heavy rainfall. June is peak monsoon season in Bajura District, with the area typically receiving over 100 mm of rain.

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