Avalanche in Mustang


October 28, Kathmandu. On Sunday morning, an unexpected large landslide occurred at Tumpche Peak (Manapathi Himal) in Thasang Gaonpalika-2 of Mustang.

Even though the landslide fell far above the settlement, its effect had reached the settlement itself. “If there was no big gap in the middle, there would have been huge human loss,” said Ward Chairman Nar Prasad Hirachan, who is also an eyewitness.

He said that a mountain of snow was stuck in the gorge and no one has been able to reach the spot so far.

The avalanche fell at 11:40 a.m., but the downpour has not stopped, and people are worried that some of the snow-capped mountains will fall again, he said.

Since the small and the big mountains are together, the big one is called Pathi and the small one is called Mana. Hirachan said that the mountain is on the right side near Dhaulagiri.

According to Ward Chairman Nar Prasad Hirachan, the avalanche has damaged crops, chowri and dried whiskey at home. There were scenes of oxen running away and people running away. Some people had saved their lives by hiding in the rock cover and chap. The hailstones along with the dust from the landslide had affected the settlement.

Lal Bahadur Gurung, a herdsman of Sushila Gauchan, had gone to feed salt to Chauri. Ward Chairman Hirachan also said that all the cowsheds and ration water of the cowshed and other places have been blown up and some of them have been stolen.

Jana Adarsh ​​Amar Singh Secondary School was located in the lower settlement. Teachers and students were rushed to a safe place when they saw snow falling on the grass outside the school. It is learned that some people were injured in the incident. The school had 160 students.

Near the place where the snow fell were Bhim Prasad Thakali, Surendra Gautam, Ramesh Magar, Rajendra Tulachan, Mahendra Sherchan and Shyam Tamang. There were 350 cows in that area. Hirachan said that some of the avalanches were reported but not confirmed.

According to him, no human casualties have been reported so far. The trees have been cut down, the roofs of the houses have been blown off. He said that the roof of some houses and the houses of some people were blown away as there was a big gorge at the foot of the mountain.

According to him, the dust in the village was invisible to the naked eye.

There are Boksi and Langkyu rivers in the gorge. It is said that the falling snow from both the rivers has helped to reduce the damage. Ward Chairman Hirachan said, “If we had come to the same river, there would have been huge damage but it did not happen.

According to Ward Chairman Hirachan, 100 houses in the lower coastal areas of Naurikot, Lajing, Gowang and Boksikhola could have been damaged if the river had not been divided. It has a population of about 700. He also said that no one has been able to go so far due to fear.
11 injured in stampede

According to Mustang Chief District Officer Netra Prasad Sharma, 11 students and teachers of a local school were injured in the avalanche.

He said five were in critical condition and two had been referred for treatment.

“The avalanche fell from the Dhaulagiri range. There is a ravine nearby. Changra has come down, but it is said to have fallen because of the steep slopes,” he said. The snow has reached the area and the roof of the house has been blown off.

The distance of the school from the landslide site is about two kilometers.

Impact of climate change

Climate change expert Dr. Ngamindra Dahal, who is closely monitoring the incident, says that this unusual incident has taken place.

He says, “Earlier, Melamchikhola was flooded in an unimaginable manner. In the first week of November, there was heavy rainfall in the off-season. Now, avalanches like this are usually a direct effect of climate change.”

He said that it did not happen when the avalanche hit due to the blazing sun. “There has not been much snowfall in the monsoon. It has not rained well after the end of the monsoon. The kind of avalanche that has taken place. It looks like the old snow has melted. This is a scary situation,” said Dr Dahal.

‘August’ September is a time of melting snow, now the snow has not accumulated. Where did it go from? This month is not even the time for snow to fall, at such a time avalanches have occurred ‘, he expressed doubts,’ how it went is a matter of confusion. ‘

Temperatures are rising regularly and the snow is slowly melting down to the lower layers, which could be the cause of climate change, he said. Recalling that Melamchi has become dangerous due to heavy rains in places where monsoon does not go to Melamchi, he suggested to be vigilant as such incidents would be repeated now.





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