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Friday, July 13, 2007

Nepal hit by landslide

I'm sure that the large Ghurka and Nepalese community in Cheriton must be particularly concerned for friends and relatives who may have been affected by a massive landslide in Nepal. The BBC reports that at least 21 have been killed in the incident near Gwalichour, north west of Kathmandu. I'm sure that all of our thoughts are with the families of those affected at this time.

I remember studying the problem of landslides in Nepal as part of my Geography A Level a few years ago. Apparently, massive deforestation in the Himalyan foothills, which are being used increasingly intensively for agriculture, is to blame. The problems extend beyond Nepals boundaries too. The material gets washed into rivers and on to India and Bangladesh. There is can fill up resevoirs needed for irrigation and drinking water, can block or even destroy hydro-electric dams and, in the worst cases, can raise the level of river beds in Bangladesh adding to that country's chronic flooding problems. There needs to be a concerted effort by regional governments and NGOs to tackle these problems, with international assistance where necessary, to avoid unnecessary loss of life and to improve intranational relations in the area.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the post on Nepal Landslide that killed as many as 21 people in Gwalichaur of Baglung District. The landslides are common phenomena in Nepal during monsoon, between the months of June and September. As you pointed out, environmental management is not done properly in the hills because of a totally different living standard here, that causes landslides. It is also important to knote that topography and geomorphology or the geometry of the terrain itself has to do a lot in causing landslides. After all, it is the monsoon rains that overly saturate the steep slopes of the mountains, so they have to slide for their stability. Consequence is human casualty.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the post on Nepal Landslide that killed as many as 21 people in Gwalichaur of Baglung District. The landslides are common phenomena in Nepal during monsoon, between the months of June and September. As you pointed out, environmental management is not done properly in the hills because of a totally different living standard here, that causes landslides. It is also important to knote that topography and geomorphology or the geometry of the terrain itself has to do a lot in causing landslides. After all, it is the monsoon rains that overly saturate the steep slopes of the mountains, so they have to slide for their stability. Consequence is human casualty.