Army carries out controlled blast at Sunkoshi River
Aug 5, 2014-
In an attempt to speed up the outflow of water from the dam created after landslide in the Sunkoshi River, security personnel on Tuesday carried out a controlled explosion.
A temporary dam was formed in the river in Jure of Sindhupalchok district after a massive landslip early on Saturday morning, stoking fears in the human settlements downstream.
Chief District Officer Gopal Prasad Parajuli said the attempt was made to drain out the water, according to the suggestions of geologists, meteorologists and other experts, after the water level in the dam did not decrease even four days after the landslide.
“A low intensity blast was carried out because powerful bombs will be risky,” said Parajuli.
Security personnel have been mobilised to search for the missing. An excavator is used in the search operation. The death toll from Saturday’s disaster has climbed to 33 and more than a hundred are still missing.
It has been learnt that some of the families have begun performing the last rites of those missing by making an effigy of the body.
The government has announced a relief of Rs 40,000 each for the families of the deceased and Rs 5000 each for the damaged houses.
The landslide has blocked the Araniko Higway thereby compelling the commuters to choose for alternative route.
Likewise, five Hydropower plants generating 67MW power in the region have been halted.
Published: 05-08-2014 16:43