Team of Home Ministry heads to site after landslide blocks Arun River

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The landslide that occurred in the Barun River of Sankhuwasabha Friday has blocked the Arun River, forming a 2-km dam at Syaksila Gola of Bhotkhola Rural Municipality.

According to Chief District Officer of Sankhuwasabha Shivaraj Joshi, the landslide that started at four Thursday afternoon blocked the Arun River. Joshi said that the landslide might have occurred due to the outburst of glacial lake.

A preliminary team has headed for Sankhuwasabha via chopper as per the directives issued by Home Minister Bimalendra Nidhi.

The team comprises State Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Deepak Khadka, Head of Disaster Management Division of Ministry of Home Affairs Krishna Bahadur Raut, representatives of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, three technicians of Nepal Army, Armed Police Force, representatives of Department of Water Induced Disaster Management.

Due to the landslide, way to Kimathanka, Chinese border point is also blocked. The Home Ministry has informed that a team of security personnel has left for the site early Friday morning.

Home Minister Nidhi has also directed to discharge water from the reservoir with caution, without causing any human causality.

The dammed river has damaged four houses of Barun Bazar, posing risk to whole village.

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