Water level plunges as Sunkoshi dam breaks open
Sep 7, 2014-
Water level in the lake, formed at the Sunkoshi River following a massive landslide on August 2 at Mankha VDC in Sindhupalchok district, has plunged after the dam burst open in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Police Inspector at Barhabishe police station Jayashwor Rimal informed that Sanima hydropower project building and some other houses which were submerged after the formation of the dam came to the surface with the sharp drop in water level. However, an excavator used by the Nepal Army team to drain out the water from the dammed river was swept away.
According to Sindhupalchok Chief District Officer Gopal Prasad Parajuli, the situation in the area is normal and under control. He added that he was heading to the landslide spot to take stock of the new developments.
Water level in the Sunkoshi River lake had increased due to incessant rainfall for the past few days, causing the dam to burst. Transportation along the Arniko Highway has been halted.
Nepal Army personnel had been conducting several controlled blasts at the dam in their bid to speed up the outflow of water from the dam. It has been suspected that the blasts have further weakened the dam structures.
On the fateful night of August 2, a massive landslide blocked the Sunkoshi River at Jure of Mankha killing around 157 people and destroying properties worth millions of rupees.
Published: 07-09-2014 07:36