An avalanche has hit the forest above Naurkot in Thasang Gaonpalika-2 of Mustang district across the Himalayas. The landslide occurred at the foot of Dhawalagiri Himal at 11.40 am, said Nara Prasad Hirachan, Ward Chairman of Thasang-2. It takes more than an hour to reach the landslide site from Jomsom, the headquarters of Mustang.
Due to the avalanche, the locals living in Kowang, Larjung, Naurikot and Boksi Khola of Ward No. 2 of Thasang Municipality had to flee. Khem Gurung, acting principal of Janardash Amarsingh Secondary School in Kowang informed that seven people including teachers, students and locals were injured during the race. The injured are being treated at Jomsom Hospital.
According to him, students and teachers have been shifted to safer places. The Beni-Jomsom road was also blocked due to the avalanche. After the avalanche, the flow of water has increased in Boksi river falling from Manapathi and Tukchepik mountains. It is said that strong winds are blowing in the area now.
A team comprising federal MP Prem Prasad Tulachan, state assembly members Chandra Mohan Gauchan and Mahendra Thakali, local people’s representatives and police reached the landslide site and took information about the damage. Due to the avalanche, locals lost 120 knives of Sakendra Gauchan and Bhim Thakali and also damaged livestock of some other people.
According to the District Police Office, Mustang, the avalanche has been stopped and a six-member police team including Netra GT, in-charge of Kowang Police Post, has reached the spot to observe the incident. According to the police, preparations are being made to relocate the households in the avalanche risk area of Thasang-2 to a safe place.